On the final day of the first of two three days of strike action by British Airways' mixed fleet cabin crew , the fight against poverty pay reached Parliament.
Around 100 striking staff lobbied MPs for support in their ongoing battle with the airline on Tuesday (February 7).
MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell, was among the politicians showing solidarity for the mixed fleet crews.
A briefing was held in the House of Commons, chaired by Lisa Nandy MP, where crew members talked about the effect of low pay on their lives and heard from Unite national officer Oliver Richardson.
The long-running dispute saw a third walkout begin on Sunday (February 5) until today (Tuesday February 7), with the main picket line at Hatton Cross next to the tube station.
The strike will continue on Thursday (February 9) until Saturday (February 11).
According to Unite, the action has led to flights cancelled and the airline "wet leasing", aircraft from other airlines such as Titan Airways, Vueling and Thomson Airways to cover striking cabin crew during the stoppages.
Mr Richardson said: “A number of MPs have already voiced their concern in parliament about the behaviour of British Airways and its treatment of mixed fleet cabin crew.
“From threats to the withdrawal of bonuses and travel allowances, the lengths that British Airways is going to, to defend some of the lowest pay rates in the industry is shameful.
“We would also urge British Airways to wake up to the determination of our members, who contribute massively to the billions of pounds in profits the airline generates, and get around the negotiating table to resolve the dispute.”
Unite claims that on average "mixed fleet" cabin crew earn £16,000, including allowances, a year.
British Airways has said its previous proposed offer is in line with what cabin crew receive at competitor airlines.
Mixed fleet cabin crew in their first year working full time will receive over £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentive and bonus.
The airline has offered an independent audit of its pay data over the last 12 months.
It shows all full time crew were paid between £21,151.35 to £27,356.30 between Sept 1 2015 and Aug 31 2016.
A BA spokeswoman said: "We have proposed a fair and reasonable increase of pay for our mixed fleet cabin crew colleagues.
"Over a three year period, our proposal would see basic pay and hourly duty rates increase by a minimum of seven per cent.
"It is a proposal that is consistent with that offered to, and accepted by, other British Airways colleagues.
"It also reflects typical pay awards given by other companies in the UK."
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