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Old 27th Nov 2018, 17:36
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BA is a broken place. We are divided by LH, SH, PP24, PP34 and so on.

The simple truth is BA was well rewarded but we have seen the market shift and we have been left behind. We have seen pay deals attached to productivity increases which result in little to no real pay rise. We work our ass off now for little more take home pay. 75% now is like full time 8 years ago. Brilliant, they cut the salary effectively by a 1/4. The biggest issue is our work load. Why join a airline which pays more on a 5 on 4 off when you can join BA for less and work 6 on 1 off 5 on?

until the union gets a back bone and ballots for strike action it’s going nowhere. Never ever thought I would think like that but I am fed up. Jam tomorrow, invest today. Same story again and again, we are not sharing in the success we are helping to deliver.

As far as pay goes. There is a huge disparity from the top to the bottom between market rates. Don’t take a percentage pay deal, take a flat fee. Everyone gets the same from FO to CP, LH to SH.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 17:41
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Originally Posted by bex88 View Post
BA is a broken place. We are divided by LH, SH, PP24, PP34 and so on.

The simple truth is BA was well rewarded but we have seen the market shift and we have been left behind. We have seen pay deals attached to productivity increases which result in little to no real pay rise. We work our ass off now for little more take home pay. 75% now is like full time 8 years ago. Brilliant, they cut the salary effectively by a 1/4. The biggest issue is our work load. Why join a airline which pays more on a 5 on 4 off when you can join BA for less and work 6 on 1 off 5 on?

until the union gets a back bone and ballots for strike action it’s going nowhere. Never ever thought I would think like that but I am fed up. Jam tomorrow, invest today. Same story again and again, we are not sharing in the success we are helping to deliver.

As far as pay goes. There is a huge disparity from the top to the bottom between market rates. Don’t take a percentage pay deal, take a flat fee. Everyone gets the same from FO to CP, LH to SH.
hear hear. As someone said in an earlier thread " And for anyone wondering why BA is such a fractured, unpleasant working environment there you have it! "
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 17:51
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“Unpleasant working environment”? Which fleet are you guys on? I genuinely do not recognise this description.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 17:54
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Bex88; everyone gets the same straight value of payrise rather than a percentage. Does this apply across the board to cabin crew and ground staff and baggage handlers etc. too? If not why not?
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:00
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The flight deck can be the nicest environment in the world, but if you feel trapped in a very unequal and exploitative company structure, I know from experience that it can feel very unpleasant.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:05
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What I have found quite eye-opening about working for BA is the amount of pilots we have who don't realise how good they've actually got it, mainly due to only ever working for one airline.

(that applies to our legacy cabin crew too)
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:05
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Originally Posted by GS-Alpha View Post
“Unpleasant working environment”? Which fleet are you guys on? I genuinely do not recognise this description.
This is kind of the point, we don’t work for the same company so you wouldn’t recognise what we are describing.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:11
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seen some mentions above that new upgrades get paid less than at ryr...is this true?! what are they taking home now? thats a sorry state for the industry
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:15
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GS Alpha. Of course not. We work completely different jobs with differing market forces, qualifications, responsibility and in different business areas.

Pay rise, pilot A gets 7k. Pilot B gets 14k. How do we justify that one. We have captains doing the same job for nearly half the money of others. The bottom end of the pay scales are disproportionately underpaid and under rewarded.

Where are we? Forgotten on the A320 fleet. Why is it LH guys get bedding and more credit to go to CAI than the airbus guys (and girls)

Student 88: I have worked for 4 different airlines and I can assure you BA has become the worst. It was not always so but the division and changes to SH have caused it to deteriorate beyond recognition.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:28
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Of course not. We work completely different jobs with differing market forces, qualifications, responsibility and in different business areas.
I see, yet you think long haul and short haul, captain and first officer, are equal in all of those things?
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:34
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Devil

BA is like a super tanker, any change will never happen overnight, even though its obvious that change needs to happen.

So many of our T&C's a based on legacy and out of date reasoning that simply do not match the current reality.
For example:
Why is LH pay more that SH, Why do LH get larger potions of food, Why do LH get pre-departure sandwiches when SH crew are the ones running around between aircrafts all day. Why do widebody fleets get duvets on LH flights when the equivalent narrow body LH flights doesn't, why is a 4-5 day trip on SH, flying every day, worth less credit than a LH trip with several days off down route, how come a LCA day trip is worth the same credit as 2 full days at work and 6 sectors, why is it okay for a SH 2 man-crew to fly 4 sectors, on a 11h duty day, which sometimes can be very challenging, if the weather is bad, or even a 2 sector night DME, yet on LH we need 3 crew to do one sector... I could continue. Our T&C's are totally out of date and most definitely favor LH. (Some of the above are obviously trivial, yet the duvets on LH was recently improved, which was proudly announced by the chief pilot... I challenge anybody to highlight an area where SH trumps LH? Apart from ones desire to sleep in your own bed. (This requires you do be very senior though), and perhaps the increased work satisfaction.

It can never be the individual that needs to turn down an opportunity, for things to change. That is simply crazy to suggest. It is BALPA's job to argue that certain parts of the work force has fallen behind the market rate. And yes this may mean that certain groups are rewarded more than others in a pay review, (btw I have no skin in the game, as I have passed the point on the pay scale where it matters) however nobody is stealing from anybody. The reality is that, certain work groups have been hit disproportionately compared to others, for a long period of time. Doesn't this require correction? This combined with NAPS is the reason for SH commands being so junior.
It's madness to have a workplace where employees taking on a large responsibility, i.e the legal responsibility of jet, yet someone on LH can just enjoy the lifestyle on more money, as it financially unattractive to go to SH.

I take my hat of to the junior colleagues who chose to challenge and better themselves careers wise, even though the pay isn't what it should be. Its a great achievement to get a jet command. And had the pay and T&C's been better, well then maybe the opportunity wouldn't be there, but then at least these individuals could have enjoyed some seniority on LH as the naturally progression would have worked like in the old days.

BALPA need to review every work group individually and compare them to the market rate. An RPI+ payrise is relevant across all the fleets, but other T&C's need to reviewed based on individual fleets. Just like maternity pay needs to be reviewed, as its well below what should be expected from a big employer like BA. And yes, that may mean that BA will be unwilling to increase the package for some of our more privileged colleagues, but looking at it from the top of the tree and say I am not giving anything up, even though others are paid too little etc, seems to be detrimental to a unified work force.

As mentioned above. I do not have skin in the game as such, as I have passed the point where it really matters if the deal is improved further down on the list. So the above is really just my observation. It my be naive to suggest that some work groups can be rewarded whilst still maintaining the market rate for others, but that should really be the mission of BALPA. Sure lets give the TSC on LH pay point 24 a 10pct pay rise if we can, but other areas may need some attention first, especially if his or hers T&C's are market rate already...
Anyway, I will get my coat.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:48
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Originally Posted by student88 View Post
What I have found quite eye-opening about working for BA is the amount of pilots we have who don't realise how good they've actually got it, mainly due to only ever working for one airline.

(that applies to our legacy cabin crew too)

As I commented on post earlier about overtime making things overall worse for the community this seems to be another 'issue' I recognise in BA. Ive flown with several SH Airbus captains who comment 'on how good they've got it' but yet are paid less, work more and spend countless more hours sat in uniform in T5 than pretty much all other short haul companies in UK. As Bex refers to fixed rosters and salary at other UK carriers how can we seriously sit and say 'how good we've got it'. Take away the so called 'kudos' for working for a flag carrier and suddenly the contracts for short haul pilots are pretty poor in comparison. If I didn't want to give LH a go I would have already gone back to previous. SH at BA is not a nice place to be.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:50
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Yes actually. We all join BA as flight crew. We all start as FO’s, we all have to pass a command course. We are one department under flight ops. Black and white we move people from A to B.

SH captain, LH captain......completely equal. You can argue it any way you like but the bottom line is SH shift more people more often. LH shift more people in one hit but less often. We need each other.

Most failed conversion in BA.....LH RHS to SH LHS.

I want to see more equality but the evidence points to increasing disparity and unfortunately a “Jack alright attitude” from many.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 18:55
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BAP:

That is without doubt the best post I have ever read on this subject. 100% correct. Nobody can deny what you have said.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 19:01
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Originally Posted by BAP View Post
Sure lets give the TSC on LH pay point 24 a 10pct pay rise if we can, but other areas may need some attention first, especially if his or hers T&C's are market rate already...
Anyway, I will get my coat.
Great post BAP. If only more senior pilots recognised this we might actually get somewhere. Seems as though everyone is willing to jump over one another to make sure they're better off personally. Total lack of unity and thats why the company will continue to do as they please with little/no response from BALPA.

Having flown with a rep recently he raised a good point. How can we ballot to strike when the mentality is as above? Are LH pilots going to walk out over a ridiculous duty rig on SH and totally un-sustainable rosters? At least JSS might see some of the SH summer horror rosters replicated on LH. Then again- it will be junior pilots flying them. Will the guys/girls higher on the list care if they're getting the first choice trips and the days off they want?

N.B not suggesting LH is easier than SH- but as mentioned in post above a lot more protections and better conditions seem to be found on LH.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 19:34
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In my very humble opinion the only way forward for long term prosperity is to fight tooth and nail via Balpa to eliminate the things that divide us.

The pay scales would be a logical but ground breaking place to start. Unpopular as this may be, for a number of reasons, I genuinely think it’s high time we scrapped the various pay scales between LH/SH and all sit on one.

Incremental payscale to reward long service, great. But ONE master payscale.

The fact is guys & girls, until we’re more united as a work force the company will run rings around us by poking and widening the cracks between us.

Just my opinion and I realise that it’s unlikely to be a popular one on certain circles. That said, it’s surely undeniable a move in this direction this would send shockwaves through the upper echelons.

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Old 27th Nov 2018, 20:28
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Sure lets give the TSC on LH pay point 24 a 10pct pay rise if we can, but other areas may need some attention first, especially if his or hers T&C's are market rate already...
So for the sake of argument, give the TSC his 10% payrise. That will equate to sum of perhaps £20k. Give that to everyone. The fixed amount but from a different perspective.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 20:40
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These posts make grim reading. It may be worth summarising why BA pilot T&Cs fell so far so quickly (IMHO). It would seem that the previous BACC prioritised keeping all BA pilots on the same seniority list and resisting any plans to set up a low cost BA operation at LHR. They achieved these aims and the rapid growth in BA pilot numbers and commands is the reward. The downsides are numerous as so much was sacrificed along the way; the introduction of a B pay scale, the loss of a final salary pension, SH working to EASA rules and perhaps worse of all, the erosion and eventual loss of BidLine. Numerous other quality of life measures were also given up. A BA manager famously remarked that the "BACC were far more effective at controlling pilot costs than BA management."

Anyone contemplating joining BA should seek as much advice as possible from mates on the inside. In particular anyone aged about 40 or over should seriously think through their likely career path. A first LH command aged 55+ and the consequent severe deterioration in lifestyle may not be a realistic option when the opportunity finally arises.

Anyone living more than about 2 hours journey from LHR should also think carefully. BA are focusing on commuting time for a number of reasons. BA pilot fatigue reports have increased by a factor of 40 since EASA rules were implemented and are likely to rocket far higher if the new JSS rosters are anything like the trial runs. BA will examine whether commuting time was a significant factor in generating fatigue, they would much rather we all lived in Slough or Staines and travelled in by bus (reducing their never ending car park issues).

Sadly it is no longer a "happy" place to work and that is unlikely to change.
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Old 27th Nov 2018, 21:04
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Talk of regulating commuting is pie in the sky. Probably greater than 70% of the company commute in one form or another. The fallout from the audit only focused on the small minority of people who were genuinely taking the piss with their commuting habits.
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Old 28th Nov 2018, 07:00
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Talk of regulating commuting is pie in the sky. Probably greater than 70% of the company commute in one form or another. The fallout from the audit only focused on the small minority of people who were genuinely taking the piss with their commuting habits.
You might be right but TBH I’d still advise people thinking of joining BA to plan to “commute with caution”, at least initially. As Pickled points out the company has made it very clear (for example through the recent missive from AB) they may well examine how and when you got to work if you file a ASR/MOR for fatigue reasons.

The cynical amongst us might suspect it is part of a plan to dissuade people from filing such reports......


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