Unite members angry at pay offer after Japan Airline posts profits of £1 bn

Japan AirlinesJapan Airlines cabin crew earning just £9,000 a year basic salary have voted to strike over pay.

The Unite members rejected a pay offer which sees long-serving crew at the top of the pay scale getting no pay rise, other than a £96 a year increase in London weighting. The lowest paid crew, on a basic wage of £9,000 a year, will only see their basic pay increase by £285 a year.

Japan Airlines last year posted profits of just over £1 billion.

Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “Loyal cabin crew feel totally undervalued and insulted by this pay offer, which fails to recognise their hard work on some of the airline’s most profitable routes.

“Japan Airlines has totally misjudged the mood of cabin crew operating out of Heathrow and failed to recognise their role in securing profits of £1 billion.

“Feelings are running high and the airline needs to get back around the negotiating table or face the real possibility of a vote in favour of industrial action.”


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