Union takes BMI to court over pay-freeze dispute

Unite has announced that it is taking BMI to the High Court in a dispute over pay freezes.

Brian Boyd, Unite’s national officer, said: “Staff agreed to defer the increase to help the company during difficult times; they are still waiting for the company to honour its end of the bargain. Staff have not had an increase in earnings since 2008.”

A spokesperson for BMI responded that “constructive talks are continuing and discussions remain ongoing”.

The union, which has been at the centre of industrial action at British Airways, has accused BMI of breach of contract after failing to honour the final part of a three-year pay deal that included annual pay rises.

BMI implemented the first two pay rises in 2007 and 2008 but, due to economic circumstances, Unite agreed that the final pay increase in 2009 could be deferred until 31 March 2010.

However, Unite has said in a statement today that it is clear that BMI “did not intend to honour the agreement”.

Brian Boyd, Unite’s national officer, said: “Staff agreed to defer the increase to help the company during difficult times; they are still waiting for the company to honour its end of the bargain. Staff have not had an increase in earnings since 2008.”

A spokesperson for BMI responded that “constructive talks are continuing and discussions remain ongoing”.  Personnel Today http://tinyurl.com/39qvzmh

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