Airways Cabin Crew Vote To Strike
February 23, 2010
- The cabin crew members for British Airways, members of Unite, the
trade union that represents the majority of British Airways cabin crew,
has announced that its members have voted to strike. British Airways
“The outcome of the ballot is very disappointing and brings a renewed
threat of industrial action, which is completely unjustified.
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 your travel plans as far as possible. We would like to
reassure you that all of our flights are continuing to operate as normal
at this time.
If strike dates are announced British Airways we will put contingency
plans in place and communicate them as soon as possible. Passengers will
be able to rebook, free of charge and subject to availability, onto
other British Airways flights outside of the strike period for up to 355
days from the original date of travel. Refunds will only be available if
flights are actually cancelled or if the original booking conditions
Unite announced on Monday that the ballot of its cabin crew members at British Airways has resulted in another overwhelming vote for strike action in the long-running dispute over imposed changes to crew numbers and working practices. 80.7 per cent of all those who returned their ballot forms voted yes to industrial action on a 78.7 per cent turnout. 7,482 of crew members balloted voted yes with 1,789 crew voting no; 11,691 ballot papers were issued. The union has not announced dates for industrial action.
Announcing the ballot result, Unite assistant general secretary Len
McCluskey said "With this overwhelming vote in the teeth of BA
harassment and media misrepresentation, BA's cabin crew have made clear
that the deep sense of grievance they feel about their treatment by
their employer remains.
"Our members are
not mindless militants but men and women committed to their company and
their profession, so it is right that they want to be consulted on
changes to their jobs. The only way forward for this airline is if all
parties can negotiate a solution to the issues before us.
In recent weeks we have been in serious discussion with BA. We
sincerely hope that the continued strength of the vote by crew will give
BA pause for thought.
While most, 75
percent, of BA's crew earn only £20,000 at the top of their earnings,
the dispute is not about pay. The dispute was triggered by the
imposition in November 2009 by BA of new working practices.
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