Pay Ballot – What Happens Next?

Pay Ballot – What Happens Next?

News, Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

When does the Pay ballot close?
 
Each Unite area within BA has opted for either an electronic ballot or a local paper ballot.

For those areas included in the main electronic ballot, this closes on Monday 22ndJuly at noon. For those with a paper ballot system this closes on 28thJuly, also at noon.
The two results will be added, and a combined result declared on Monday 29th July.
 
The offer is currently being voted on by Engineering, BA Contact Centres, Worldwide & Eurofleet Cabin Crew, A-Scales (Ground & Terminal Staff), Gatwick Ground Staff, Gatwick Customer Service Agents, BA Maintenance Cardiff, GSS (LHR Ramp Services). 
Gatwick cabin crew are running an electronic ballot unique to Gatwick.
 
Mixed Fleet have opted to ballot MF members on a different pay claim, asking them whether they would take strike action to support it.  For clarity it is not an offer that has been made by BA or formally discussed with them, nor has it been something secured by the joint Unite negotiations nor by any other Union. MFU have stepped away from the umbrella of the Unite collective bargaining group and this is now an aspirational proposal from MFU. MF members undertook a 72-hour ballot on this proposal and the result of that ballot was declared on Monday.
 
What happens if the offer is accepted?
 
Your pay and any applicable variables associated with the pay rises will increase by 4% or by £700 whichever is the greater.
 
You will receive back dated pay from your applicable pay anniversary date. 
 
You will receive a one off £750 cash bonus
 
Your basic pay and applicable variable pay will increase by 3.5% and 4% (or the underpin* amount if greater) at your anniversary date(s) in 2020/21.
 
*An underpin is designed to ensure that those on the lowest pay receive a proportionally higher % increase
 
What happens if the offer is rejected?
 
Your pay will not increase and the cash bonus will not be paid. 
 
Unite will relay the result to BA. Given that BA has repeatedly stated that this is their final offer, a ballot for Strike action would be issued shortly thereafter.
 
What’s happening with Balpa? 
 
BA and Balpa are at ACAS today. However, BA have apparently threatened legal proceedings in relation to their ballot and an associated court application for injunctive relief. 
 
 
What are the issues?
 
The latest Balpa newsletter issued to pilots indicates the following.
 
To be clear, the company’s position is that no better offer than the one made to Unite and GMB will be made to BALPA”. We strongly encourage them to change their approach if they are genuine in their statements of wanting to engage to find a settlement.”.
 
The underpin payment achieved by Unite delivers a proportionally higher % pay increase to the lowest paid, up to 15.5% in real terms over three years, rather than 11.5%. Balpa believe this is unfair to pilots and that they should also receive an equivalent higher % increase.
 
The simplest way to understand this is that if you receive a salary of £10K per year a 4% increase is £400 pounds BUT with a £700 underpin,  the increase is equivalent to a 7% increase.
 
BA have also not extended a 2.5% “Pilots only deferred bonus scheme” and any such bonuses sought must be achieved in the new and available to all, Gain Share scheme arrangement.
  
 
United we are always stronger, but these differences show how difficult the journey of solidarity is in reality, as opposed to via a Facebook soundbite.   However, the offer secured by everyone in doing so – even if some specific areas now wish to step outside of that collective strength – is far in excess of what would have been achieved in pursuing claims separately.