The Unite union has declined to set a date for strike action at British Airways, as officials continue talks with the British flag-carrier.
The British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (Bassa) - Unite’s airline branch – met at Kempton Park racecourse near Heathrow airport, where hundreds of cabin crew were informed a deal may now be possible.
Some 15,000 cabin crew voted in favour of industrial action earlier this week, with staff concerned over unilateral changes to contracts, which they view as illegal.
However, British Airways denies the “modest” changes are illegal; a view which was supported by the High Court in London this week.
Bassa’s decision to keep talking may now allow British Airways – negotiating through a Trade Union Congress (TUC) proxy – and unions representing staff to reach an agreement.
A unanimous decision taken at Kempton empowered the Bassa to seek a negotiated settlement. However, proposed strike dates were also put forward for authorisation if it proves impossible to reach a satisfactory agreement through negotiation.
In a statement BA said: “We are involved in the TUC process and we want to resolve these issues.”
Cabin crew had originally planned a 12 day walkout over the Christmas period. However, this action was called off at the last minute following a legal dispute over ballot procedures.
Unite has ruled out a strike over the Easter period, following a negative public response to proposed action at Christmas.