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Monday, 22 February 2010

A strike overhead

British Airways cabin crew have voted in favour of strike action in their row over jobs, pay and conditions.

The Unite union says 81 percent of members backed the walkout in a long running dispute over cost cutting measures - including reductions in crew numbers.

Strike dates won't be announced until Thursday - although the union's ruled out taking action over Easter.

British Airways has released this statement:

The outcome of Unite's ballot is very disappointing and brings a renewed threat of industrial action, which is completely unjustified.

In the weeks before and during the ballot period, Unite claimed that we had breached individual crew members' contracts by making modest changes to onboard crew numbers on flights from Heathrow. We have always said this claim was false, and it was rejected by the High Court three days ago.

The vast majority of crew who voted in this ballot will have done so before the High Court decision. We hope Unite will bear this fact in mind as it considers its next steps.

We believe some progress has been made in recent talks under the auspices of the TUC and we reiterate our wish to resolve the issues between us in the interests of our customers and all our staff.

However, we will not allow Unite to ruin this company. Should a strike take place, we will do everything we can to protect our customers' travel plans as far as possible.

In the meantime, we continue to run our business and our flights are operating as normal.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 5:41 pm  

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