The Unite union claims that it has reached a deadlock with British Airways in its ongoing dispute over the treatment of cabin crews. The union says that after it forced through concessions from the airline on pay and conditions, BA responded by insisting cabin staff wear new uniforms that replace the traditional wedge cap with a branded elf hat complete with shiny bell.
Unite spokesman Ron Small says ‘BA knows it can’t win the battle so it’s decided to be spiteful and make its cabin crew dress as pixies. It is an act of revenge.’ British Airways however describes the caps as ‘fun, practical, functional, comfortable and very jingly’.
Not all BA staff have been outraged by the new caps, with one flight attendant saying ‘I’m rather taken with it; it seems to say, listen, your coffee’s on its way.’