Millions of airline passengers could face severe disruption at the UK’s largest airports during the August bank holiday weekend after the trade union Unite announced a strike ballot of key BAA staff.
British Airways cabin crew have rejected the airline’s “final” pay offer, which raises the possibility of further industrial action. The union Unite, which represents 90 percent of BA’s 12,000 cabin crew, said 67 percent of its members voted against the revised offer.
As the war of attrition with British Airways rumbles on, Unite has turned its attention toward BAA in a dispute ostensibly over pay at the airport operator. But, as Breaking Travel News junior editor Chris O’Toole discovers, all is not as it seems.
With the threat of strike action at British Airways seemingly receding, Unite has confirmed it is to open a new front against the perceived injustices in aviation industry with a strike ballot at airport operator BAA.
British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh has said the airline will be able to offer all of its flights in the event of a further strike by Unite. The trade union began to put the latest British Airways deal to a ballot yesterday, with the answer expected in a matter of weeks.
The long-running dispute between British Airways and its cabin crew could finally be drawing to a close after the Unite union postponed a strike ballot due tomorrow, and put an offer from the airline to its cabin crew members. BA heralded the move as “a genuine opportunity” to end the row that had threaten to cause further disruption over the summer holidays.
Unite has declared its intention to conduct a fresh ballot of British Airways cabin crew in order to seek a mandate for further strike action. With a ballot now scheduled to run from June 29th, Unite could announce fresh industrial action at the end of July – in time for the key summer holiday period.
British Airways is facing further strikes by cabin crew after the latest talks with the Unite trade union failed to reach an agreement. This paves the way for another strike ballot, and if cabin crew vote for industrial action then a new wave of walk-outs could begin in the first week of August, the peak of the summer holidays.
A new set of proposals to end the dispute between British Airways and the union representing its cabin crew has been unveiled by the arbitration service Acas. The two sides are expected to meet early this week in a bid to negotiate a settlement.
Cabin crew at British Airways have walked out on the final day of planned strike action, with both sides seemingly no closer to reaching agreement. Unite has already warned it will ballot over further action, while BA chief Willie Walsh has warned he will fight for “as long as it takes”.
British Airways boss Willie Walsh has sent a defiant message to striking cabin crew, saying he will fight “for as long as it takes” to win the bitter battle to break the union’s stranglehold on the struggling airline.
British Airways cabin crew have started a fresh five-day strike as their dispute centred on pay, jobs and conditions continues. The walkout will coincide with half-term holidays, and could be followed by more action starting on 5 June.