BA cabin crew could strike during Easter period

| March 28, 2011

British Airways (BA) cabin crew have voted in favour of fresh strike action - with the possibility of an Easter walkout.

However, while the dates have yet to be announced, there is speculation that industrial action could take place around the Royal Wedding on April 29.

The latest ballot (which is the fourth in less than two years) saw 5,811 Unite members vote in favour of strike action, while 1,170 voted against with a turnout of 72%.

Cabin crew have been involved in a dispute with the airline since November 2009 over cost-cutting measures, which include a pay freeze, a switch to part-time working for thousands of staff, as well as removing travel perks, which were stripped from members during a strike a year ago.

To date, cabin crew members have held 22 days of strikes which has cost the airline millions of pounds.

The airline has admitted in the past that it is fighting for survival and said the cost-cutting programme is part of a strategy to reduce salary costs.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary, said: “This vote shows that cabin crew remain determined to win justice.”

However, BA reiterated it has a “very robust” contingency programme in place and said: “This is a time for co-operation, not confrontation” and added it wants to bring an end to the dispute.

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