British Airways is set to face a strike in the next few weeks as more than 80 percent of its cabin crew voted in favour of industrial action against the airline.
In results released from a ballot yesterday, more than 7400 members of Unite showed strong support for a strike over jobs, pay and working conditions.
It is the second vote for a strike by BA cabin crew, following its first failed attempt over Christmas which was blocked after it surfaced that votes were made by members who had already left the airline.
The dispute surrounds BA staff being forced to accept a pay freeze and the carrier’s determination to cut staff costs to compete in the recession, reducing the number of staff on long-haul flights from 15 to 14 and forcing its most senior crew to start serving meals and drinks as well rather than oversee operations.
Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey said the fight was aimed at keeping BA “a premier airline”
“This is not a mindless bunch of workers who are determined to bring BA down. They have a real sense of grievance” he told the UK’s Telegraph.
The union is expected to set the dates of action later this week but has promised it will not call a walk out during the Easter school holidays.
The impending strike, which will most likely be in March, is expected to affect more than 700,000 travellers and see BA lose as much as £25 million a day.However, BA has said it is prepared for a fight and will do everything it can to keep a basic service flying if the strike goes ahead.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L