British airways passengers could see their travel plans over the Easter holidays and the Royal Wedding disrupted as the airline’s cabin crew has once again voted in favour of strike action. The most recent ballot was a repeat of one held in December which also saw union members vote in favour of walkouts. The original vote was declared invalid because of legal issues.
According to reports, there was a 72 per cent turnout by Unite members and 5811 voted in favour of further industrial action with 1170 declaring they were against walking out. BA staff and the Unite union are requesting that the airline restores travel perks to employees and ceases any legal action against some of those who took part in earlier strikes.
Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, said the result was a clear message to BA bosses that they needed to work out new ways in which to regain the confidence of a large portion of the carrier’s cabin crew. The union boss confirmed that talks with senior executives were ongoing in an effort to come to an amicable agreement.
British airways also said it was looking for a solution through negotiation rather than confrontation. The airline maintains that it will be able to run nearly all its services, even if there is a strike.
BA confirmed that it returned to the negotiating table with Unite at the beginning of the month and hoped that a resolution would soon be achieved. Unite is also demanding that BA restore full pay to those Unite members who were genuinely on sick leave during earlier walk outs.
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