The mastermind of the Unite action against British Airways, Len McCluskey, has been elected to lead the union following a ballot. Unite recently rejected the latest contract offer from the airline, with the battle expected to see further industrial unrest during the winter.
Fears of fresh strike action at British Airways are increasing today after the Untie union suspended a proposed ballot of cabin crew members. Despite recently acknowledging the offer on the table from the airline was probably the “best available”, Unite leaders have decided they are unable to recommend the proposal to members.
British Airways has won the latest round in its ongoing battle with Unite, after the High Court rejected the trade union’s appeal against the airline’s decision to reduce the number of cabin crew staff on flights. Meanwhile, Unite affiliate Bassa has told members the deal on the table is probably the “best available”.
British Airways ground staff based at Heathrow have voted to accept the latest contract offer from the airline, concluding negotiations begun in 2009. The dispute had centred on working conditions and employment evels at the airport, with staff represented by the GMB and Unite unions.
Unite has mooted the possibility of further strike action over the Christmas period as part of an ongoing dispute with British Airways. Allegations of bullying during previous strikes have prompted the latest call, with cabin crew scheduled to meet early next week to discuss their next move.
Airport operator BAA and the Unite trade union have reached agreement in a dispute over pay, averting the threat of strike action in the UK later this month. Details of the deal remain confidential, with both parties presently balloting members on the proposed settlement.
BAA and the union Unite are continuing talks in a bid avert strike action that could result in the closure of six UK airports, including Heathrow, later this month.
Holidaymakers in the United Kingdom face a month of uncertainty following a decision by BAA ground staff to vote for industrial action. Strikes could start as soon as August 24th, with disruption possible during the key summer holiday season.
British Airways has reached an agreement in principle with Unite and GMB trade unions, potentially ending a long-running dispute with ground crew at the airline. Staffing arrangements have been under review since 2009 as the British flag-carrier seeks to cut costs, with the unions recommending members accept the latest offer.
ACAS hosted talks between British Airways and Unite aimed at ended the industrial dispute between the two sides have ended without agreement in London. However, hopes of a potential deal were raised, with the two sides agreeing to meet again next week.
British Airways has posted a £164 million loss for the last quarter as the cabin crew strikes and volcanic ash cloud cost the flag carrier an estimated £250 million. It has also emerged that its cabin crew are plotting a 12-day strike over Christmas as their next weapon in the long-running dispute.
The trade union Unite has thrown a spanner into the works of its ongoing negotiations with British Airways by announcing plans to mount legal action over the airline’s removal of travel concessions from cabin crew who went on strike.