British Airways Strike Action Likely

by Emily DUNBAR on February 22, 2010

It’s nearly certain that the cabin crew of British Airways has voted for a new strike action, with the ballot results being announced today (Monday). Around 12,000 members of Unite union have voted again after their first vote was ruled illegal by the High Court when the airline found that some of the staff names on the voting list were of those who were no longer working for the company.

British Airways and Unite have been feuding over job cuts, changes to working conditions and pay changes for many months now. They have tried to compromise on the matter countless times, but discussions have failed each time.

On Friday, Unite lost their second court battle against British Airways over the cuts in crew and changes in working practices. They argued that the airline was making changes in breach of contracts. However, the court ruled in favor of the airline, agreeing that they weren’t overstepping their rights.

This has surely made many of the cabin crew union members even more angry that nothing is going their way. In the first strike ballot, an overwhelming more than 80% of the members were in favor of industrial action, so there’s little doubt that they most of them have changed their minds after losing the last court battle.

If the cabin crew agrees to the industrial action, which is imminent, Unite is required to give British Airways a 7 day notice before the strike starts, which could begin as early as March 1. The good news is that Unite has already said they won’t hold the strike over the Easter holiday.

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