BA could face further strikes


British Airways (BA) could be facing more cabin crew strikes after the airline’s union called for further industrial action early next year.

The carrier’s regional commercial manager Nicole Backo said the airline is disappointed that the union, Unite, decided to take further action particularly after the union agreed to hold to more talks.

“We have put forward a very fair proposal that enables our existing Heathrow crew to remain the best rewarded in the UK airline industry,” Ms Backo said.

“Despite the difficult economic conditions we have faced, we have made saving in way that have avoided compulsory redundancies.”

Unite joint general secretary Tony Woodley said that the airline is holding back from reaching an agreement, People Management reported
“British Airways knows what it must do to end this dispute,” Mr Woodley said.

“Four of the five outstanding issues are no cost issues for BA… the fifth item is about stopping BA from imposing a near minimum waged workforce and kissing BA’s brand.”

Despite the possibility of crew strikes, Ms Backo has pledged to continue its long haul flights and large portion of its short haul flights.
“We are proud we are able to keep flying so successfully both to Australia and across our network during Unite’s industrial action earlier this year,” she added.

“Should any industrial action take place, we are confident that our well-established contingency plans will allow us to operate normal timetable at Gatwick and London City airports and all long haul services to and from Heathrow.”

Ms Backo concluded stating the airline will continue to put customers first while focusing on resolving the dispute.

The next Unite ballot is expected to take place between 21 December and 21 January.

Cabin crew strikes have already costed the airline up to £150 million.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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