British Airways is operating “ghost flights” to train ground staff as cabin crew in order to minimise the potential disruption should strikes go ahead next month. Flights are operating from Heathrow to Cardiff and Glasgow to allow them to gain experience in the air, with colleagues pretending to be passengers.
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British Airways has suspended 17 staff for making “inappropriate comments” on a website aimed at bullying pilots prepared to break a threatened cabin crew strike.
British Airways cabin crew laid off by the airline last year could be lured back in a bid to cover possible strike action. Former staff have been offered six-month contracts and would undergo a week of training starting 22 February.
Unite is going to the High Court in a bid to get the cabin crew changes introduced by British Airways last November overturned. The workers’ union claims that the cost-cutting measures, which included freezing pay and cutting crew on long-haul flights, were imposed without it being properly consulted.
Only 216 volunteers have offered to replace British Airways cabin crew in the event of industrial action, according to Unite. The trade union poured scorn on the airline’s plans to continue to operate a skeleton service during a strike, labelling it a “scab labour” drive.
British Airways cabin crew are beginning a vote today on whether to strike in a dispute over pay, jobs and working conditions. The new ballot will close on February 22 and raises fears of industrial action from March 1, although the union has ruled out any stoppages over the Easter holidays.
The threat of a strike by British Airways cabin crew over the Easter holidays appears to have evaporated after the union Unite issued a statement, saying it wanted “families to be able to plan their travel arrangements in confidence”.
British Airways cabin crew will vote again on possible strike action which could take place over Easter, following the breakdown of talks between the Union unite and airline executives.
British Airways cabin crew are to vote in a new strike ballot on 22 January, in a move that aims to strengthen trade union Unite’s position during talks with the airline.
Hopes of a settlement between British Airways and its cabin crew have been raised after the two sides have agreed to meet this week to try to reach a settlement over pay and work conditions.
The High Court has ruled against British Airways cabin crew striking over Christmas, saying unions breached industrial relations law by including members of staff that no longer worked for the airline.