Strike ballot to go ahead

Strike ballot to go ahead

Unite is to take a fresh ballot to strike against British Airways if the airline does not offer negotiations by next week. According to the union, BA has until 29 June to show it “is willing to negotiate a solution to the fresh issues”, which includes the removal of travel perks and other supposed disciplinary measures that have taken place. Additionally, Unite said BA had broken previous agreements by using volunteers to operate flights through the last wave of strikes. “Unite has consistently tried to find a negotiated settlement to the original items of dispute,” said Unite National Officer for Civil Aviation Brian Boyd. “Unfortunately there has been unwillingness from the company to take a step back from its position of confrontation.” He added the new items had been caused by the BA’s “vindictive behaviour”. Meanwhile BA continued to say it would fly 100% of operations (exc. some short-haul Heathrow services) if strikes are to occur. “Once again, Unite and its cabin crew branch Bassa have demonstrated their selfish lack of concern for our customers and their own colleagues,” the airline said. “[Unite’s] apparent wish to target the summer holidays of tens of thousands of families is deplorable.” It said its latest offer would guarantee pay rises for two years, protect existing crew’s terms and conditions and leave Heathrow crew as the ‘best-rewarded in the industry’. “Unite has shown its weakness by excluding from this ballot Gatwick cabin crew, who have never believed its claims that the company’s actions have been unreasonable,” added BA.

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