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British Airways’ mixed fleet cabin crew overwhelmingly voted to accept a pay deal in October ending their long running dispute. Crew operating on long and short haul flights out of Heathrow took 85 days of industrial action earlier this year.

The deal sees members receive pay increases of at least £1,404 to £2,908 by March 2018, with travel concessions and entitlements of the airline’s 2017 bonus scheme returned to striking cabin crew.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey paid tribute to the mixed fleet members. “A great deal of credit should go to Unite members and their shop stewards for their determination and solidarity in securing this settlement,” he said. “Not only does this pay deal start to seriously address long standing concerns on low pay in British Airways’ mixed fleet, but it also shows that it pays to be a member of a union and of Unite.”

Determined – BA members earlier this year

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Unite demanded government action after BAE Systems announced in October that it would slash 2,000 jobs. The cuts will see significant job losses across Typhoon and Hawk aircraft production as well as RAF base support and at BAE’s amarine division.

Unite BAE workers travelled from across to England to lobby Parliament – calling on the government to urgently commit to a future generation fighter jet programme among other asks.

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Unite paid tribute to Rodney Bickerstaffe, former general secretary of both Unison and NUPE, after learning of his death in October. “The union movement has lost one of its ‘greats’,” said Unite general

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Unite called for guarantees over future investment into Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant in October following the carmaker’s announcement that it would cut 400 jobs. Unite said it was seeking meetings with the UK government and parent company PSA to discuss future investment and avoid compulsory redundancies. “Economic

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concerns are having a serious impact on consumer confidence,” said Unite general secretary Len McCluskey. “Our priority now is to support our members and protect this plant,” he added, as he called on the government to give “economic and trading certainty” to the car industry in the Brexit process.

secretary Len McCluskey. “Rodney was renowned for his warmth and encouragement towards young activists building the foundation of future leadership.”

“In the last decade over 50,000 UK defence manufacturing jobs have gone while more and more of the UK’s defence spend is going to countries like the US,” said Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner.

“This is harming communities that rely on defence jobs and taking money out of the British economy. The government risks leaving the defence of the UK exposed to the whim of foreign powers and corporations.”


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