Charlene White - Branch Secretary
Nicholas Gow - Branch Chairperson
Benjamin Mahoney - Health & Safety / CSM Convenor
Grant Cook - Main Crew Convener
Sebastien Pelisse - Treasurer
Samuel Tonkinson - Office Manager
Irene Rooney - Equalities
Caitlyn Akers - Workplace Rep
Thomas Cater - Health & Safety
Alix Eaglesham - Workplace Rep
Rosy Fichera - Workplace Rep
David Gray - Communications Coordinator
Alexandra Haworth - Workplace Rep
Zimeon Jones - Workplace Rep
Chris Jupp - Rostering Officer
Ariel Klausner-Ster - Workplace Rep
Ross Mamasis - Workplace Rep
Paula McGrath - Vice to Committee
Jools Oliver - Workplace Rep
Cara Whitelaw - Youth
I joined Mixed Fleet in 2010 when a new fleet was launched and as a new employee I wasn't able to join the fleet’s Union branch because there wasn’t one.
Our working terms and conditions were basic and there was an atmosphere of unhappiness within the workforce. It was then that I decided to take control of the situation. I researched the different unions available in the UK and with the help of an ex BASSA REP who introduced me to the union I chose Unite because it has strong membership numbers in the aviation sector and having experienced indirectly an industrial dispute, I took the initiative and I was the first BA Mixed Fleet employee to go to talk and seek advice from the then regional officer Oliver Richardson regarding organising a new Union branch within my fleet, also being the first Mixed fleet cabin crew member to join the Union (Oliver Richardson made me sign up).
I would like to mention Lindsey Oliver (the first ever MFU Chairperson), Tiago Neves (the first ever Branch Secretary), Brian Marsden (the first ever Health & Safety Rep), Tamer Gatas (who I shared the Equalities Rep position with until he left BA) and Rebecca Brittain (the first ever Branch Treasurer) and of course Matt Smith as pioneers.
After Tiago left, Alex Haworth became our first ever female Branch Secretary and she brilliantly and successfully helped lead the branch until 2018.
Since Lindsey left we’ve had Nick Giannissis and Gareth Theobald as Chairperson, before our current Chairperson, Andrew Stanley-Ward. I would also like to mention Timothy Pithers who was our Branch Treasurer and who first gave a financial structure to our branch.
All these old (with their legacy, I miss them greatly) and new reps have been, and continue to be instrumental for the success and grow of our beloved branch.
Facing British Airways was challenging but in 2012 we finally had enough members to start our own branch. It took almost another year for British Airways to give us full recognition as a Union branch.
Today, Mixed Fleet Unite has been a recognised union branch for more than 7 years. I have been working with my colleagues to recruit members for the branch and made it what it is today.
We started the branch with just 10 members however we built a strong foundation and we currently have over 3800 members. We continue to grow and we are getting stronger.
During this time, and with indomitable efforts, we have accomplished to get a facility agreement which has enabled us to represent our members in sickness, disciplinary procedures and more, which has resulted in saving numerous members' jobs and ensured members were treated fairly.
In the last 3 years we have also organised our workforce in issues relating to maternity pay, holiday pay, sick leave entitlement, and contracts which have proven to be very successful cases.
Together with the other female reps at the time (I would like to mention Charlie Bacon, who left BA for a role in Unite) we campaigned for the right for our female membership to finally wear trousers. We were instrumental in achieving our first win over a discrimination and sexism case by raising a collective grievance on behalf of our female community.
The successes of the collective grievance also gained public support , with the press reporting on 'Trousers Gate'.
We also campaigned on behalf of crew on maternity leave to secure them a fair and phased return to work, which entitles crew to return to work on a 50% contact during year one, 75% contract in year two and full time contact in year three.
Before, this wasn't an option for Mixed Fleet crew but it was available in all the other fleets within BA which again was unfair and discriminatory.
These are only few examples of what collectively we have managed to achieve. Apart from the aforementioned victories, we have also been actively raising awareness regarding bullying and harrassment in the work-place, We compiled all the information related to Bullying & Harassment and wrote a communication to our members and made ourselves available to support and guide them on how to prevent and fight such behaviour.
Having witnessed bullying at a meeting whilst I was representing a member, I raised a personal grievance against the IBM conducting the meeting and I obtained an official and written apology from the manager in question.
I am now working closely with management, having regular meetings to tackle, challenge and change this unacceptable mentality which is common at Mixed Fleet.
We have achieved a lot in the short history of our branch but there is still a lot more to do.
Let's all stick together and keep fighting for what's right.
Firstly, let me introduce myself to those who I have not yet had the pleasure to meet. My name is Michelle Braveboy and I am your Unite Regional Officer having assumed responsibility for MFU.
Over the past 3 years I was supporting the A Scale community through dealings with BA and now the work continues here with all the new & re-elected reps as we strive to improve the terms and conditions for our members at MFU.
We have a lot to do and I am sure we will continue the great work that has already been achieved specifically over the past year by you, the members, and reps with the support of my colleagues Matt & Wayne.
I look forward to working with you all.