Cabin crew at budget airline easyJet are to vote on industrial action in a long-running row over pay, it was announced today.
Action could start by the end of June, the Transport and General Workers’ Union warned.
Negotiator John Street said the ballot followed failure to break the deadlock over talks aimed at agreeing a two-year wage deal.
The airline said it had written to its 2,000 cabin crew employees proposing a two year deal worth 3.5% and a bonus of 2% in the current year to September, and a further 3% and bonus of 2% next year.
Chief executive Andy Harrison said: “This increase, which represents more than twice the rate of inflation, is a particularly good proposal in the context of record oil prices.
“We are particularly disappointed that the Transport and General Workers Union has chosen to stir up unnecessary and damaging speculation on industrial action. This can only be detrimental to the interests of everyone at easyJet, including those represented by the T&G.
“They have not even yet taken the trouble to consult with their members on this offer.”
Amicus, which is also involved in the dispute, warned easyJet it faced the threat of a “damaging” strike.
Official John Morgan-Evans said: “They have had seven months to come up with a suitable offer. We have moved significantly from our opening position but the company seem unable or unwilling to take the last steps to resolve the pay settlement.”