I came out to Italy (atmospheric picture -- from Torre del Greco -- above) with BA and I'm going back the same way, and by the luck of the devil both these trips have avoided the cabin crew strike. Which is just in its way, as I am, more or less, on the side of the strikers.
I am sure that they are going to lose, and they have a lousy PR team compared with the BA machine. I am not even sure how much they actually earn: on the one hand you have those who claim that the average pay (including perks) comes to more than £30,000; on the other, there are the claims that the basic pay is just £11,000.
So far as I can see, comparing what different airline cabin crew earn is much like comparing the different earnings of fellows at Cambridge colleges. It proves (thanks heavens) much harder to produce a league table of salaries than you imagine. You start by observing that one college's fellows get paid a lot more for Directing Studies than another college's. Then you discover that you haven't factored in the book grants or the subsidised nursery places.