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Saturday 25th of May 2013
British Airways cabin crew vote in favour of stoppages
The travel plans of passengers who have booked flights with British Airways could be in chaos as cabin crew voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action due to conditions and pay.
The union representing the cabin crew, Unite, said that 78.77 per cent of the 11,691 ballot papers were issued and returned, with a total of 80.7 per cent supporting the strike.
But Unite has said that it would not be announcing any strike dates in the near future as it hoped it could continue negotiations with the airline.
The airline said that it would not allow Unite to ruin the company.
BA has said that some progress has been made during recent dialogue between the two parties and that it would do everything that it could to protect passenger’s travel plans should strikes take place.
Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey said that the ballot result was a clear indication of the deep sense of grievance that its members felt.
He went on to say that it could only be hoped that the management of British Airways would now recognise that the only way to resolve the crisis was through negotiation, not through litigation and certainly not through intimidation.
Support for the strike action was lower than witnessed an earlier ballot which took place in December last year, which saw 92.4 per cent voting in favour of a strike. But that vote was later deemed to be illegal by the High Court.
According to law, Unite must give a week’s notice if it plans to take strike action, meaning that any stop-work could take place from the first week of March.
The Union has already promised that there would be no stoppages over the Easter period.
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