Britain’s biggest union, Unite, has gained recognition for more than 200 cabin crew employees at the Edinburgh based, low cost carrier Flyglobespan.

National Officer Brian Boyd described the deal as a ‘breakthrough’. The union has been involved in a long campaign for recognition at Flyglobespan which has been resisted by the company for more than a year.

The union submitted an application to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) in December 2007 for recognition for collective bargaining at Flyglobespan. The CAC yesterday declared that the union should be recognized by the employer to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of all UK based permanent cabin crew including senior cabin crew at the following airports: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Durham Tees, Exeter, London Gatwick, Doncaster/Sheffield, Newcastle, Birmingham and Belfast.

Brian Boyd, National Officer said, “This is a breakthrough for cabin crew employees at Flyglobespan. They have sought nothing more than the basic right to be heard in their workplace. They are a dedicated and professional group of workers, who have served passengers well in difficult circumstances.

They are now entitled to be rewarded for their efforts with improved terms and conditions of employment. We will now be entering into discussions with the company, with the intention of establishing a positive relationship, and one that acts on the concerns of Flyglobespan’s cabin crew.”

Unite is the largest trade union within the UK Civil Air Transport Sector, which represents over 30,000 cabin crew members and has recognition agreements with every major UK carrier.