Cabin crews condemn ‘ageist’ BAOn 22 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. British Airways (BA) has been labelled ageist by cabin staff forced toretire after reaching the age of 55. Deanna-Maria Williams (pictured left) is challenging the airline’s policy,along with 300 former cabin crew colleagues in test cases before an employmenttribunal. Williams protested outside BA’s annual shareholders’ meeting in London lastweek and demanded that stewardesses be allowed to work to 60 or 65. The airline has said it would consider extending the retirement age limitwhen legislation outlawing age discrimination comes into force in 2006. At the same meeting, a BA director angered cabin crew by implying a rise inabsenteeism in summer was down to skiving. Operations director Mike Street said BA was encouraging staff to move topart-time contracts as part of a cost-cutting scheme, but that part-timerstended to “take that extra day”. Comments are closed.