BMI faces Unite court challenge over pay deal

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UK-based Lufthansa Group carrier BMI has become the latest airline in the country to run into conflict with the Unite union, which is intending to take the company to court alleging that it reneged on a pay deal.

The union says the legal action centres on a pay deal "promised" to some 3,000 personnel. It is accusing BMI of breach of contract.

Unite claims the carrier agreed a three-year pay deal in 2007, involving three separate pay increases, but paid only two of them.

The third, due in April last year, was deferred, says the union. But it adds: "It became clear [this year] that the company did not intend to honour the agreement. BMI even claimed that honouring the agreement would result in job cuts."

Unite says it notified BMI chief executive Wolfgang Prock-Schauer earlier this month that it would pursue the company through London's High Court to resolve the dispute, claiming that the legal action is "one of the first of its kind".

BMI could not immediately be reached to comment.