BA cabin crew vote for new strikes

by Tiffany Millar on March 29, 2011

British Airways cabin crew have agreed to back a new wave of strikes which could cause major flight disruption over the upcoming Easter holidays. The industrial action is calling for the reinstatement of travel concession to striking workers.

The news came late Monday night of the overwhelming support for the renewed call to strike, despite reassurances from BA that such action was unlikely. Yesterday’s Unite vote followed a similar one in December which was deemed invalid.

Voter turnout for Unite members was 72 percent, with 1170 voting against a strike and 5811 voting for it. The union now has just under a month to announce possible dates for the action, but it is thought they are likely to disrupt Easter travel or even the royal wedding weekend.

Len McCluskey, the general secretary for Unite, urged BA to come up with a way to regain the trust of the majority of its cabin crew employees, adding that the staff are determined to get justice. He went on to say that discussions with the airline are still ongoing and that he hopes they can reach an amicable solution.

BA management, however, called for co-operation from the union rather than confrontation, but admitted there is a need to find a resolution to the bitter and long running dispute. The airline also claimed in a statement that the overwhelming majority of cabin crew are anxious to end the standoff.

{ 2 comments }

john March 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm

BA Cabin Crew must be the most stupid people in the UK.
It is a great pity that the whole lot of them can’t be sacked
then they would see what the real world was all about!

Sylvia null Crampin March 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

“Len McCluskey, the general secretary for Unite, urged BA to come up with a way to regain the trust of the majority of its cabin crew employees, adding that the staff are determined to get justice”.
Like so many passengers,how about our justice, we are fed up with strikes and threats of strikes, it’s all me,me,me for the BA staff what about some thought for us the passengers. We are supposed to be flying again with them in May, last year we flew with BA in June and just managed to avoid one of their strike days , have we got to go have the same fear this year that we may not get our flight . Strikers are VERY SELFISH people
Really fed up passenger

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