Unite to clash with BMI in High Court

BMI, the British carrier, is to come face to face with trade union Unite in the High Court today over a pay freeze dispute.

Unite, which has also launched legal action against British Airways, is taking the BMI to court for a “breach of contract” over failure to increase pay for 3,000 BMI staff. The increase is worth £6m.

The union is claiming that BMI went back on a three year pay agreement established in 2007, which gave staff pay rises each year.

Unite alleges that BMI, which agreed with the union to freeze 2009 pay due to the recession, has not awarded staff with a 4.75 per cent pay rise they should have received for the period ending 31 March 2010.

A BMI statement said: "Constructive talks between bmi and Unite union representatives are ongoing."