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New BA ballot “only a week or so away”

1 Jun 2010 by BusinessTraveller
The Unite union says “a new ballot for continued strike action may be only a week or so away”, raising the possibility of a summer of BA flight disruption. The two parties are due to hold fresh talks today. BA cabin crew are currently in the middle of a second wave of five-day strike action, with a third due to start on June 5. Unite’s joint secretary Tony Woodley told delegates at a policy conference yesterday (May 31) that “Willie Walsh’s hard-man stance on cabin crew travel will plunge the airline into a prolonged and totally needless summer of disruption”. If there is no resolution to the dispute in the next week or so, Unite will be required to hold a fresh ballot before any further strike action can go ahead. The union said in a statement that a deal on cabin crew costs has already been agreed between both parties, and that “the airline could be restored to full operation in time for the peak summer season – but only if BA drops its vicious determination to punish crew for striking by removing their travel assistance”. On Sunday (May 30), BA said it had reintroduced all of its flights between London Heathrow and New York JFK, despite the second wave of strike action. Flights from London City and Gatwick are unaffected, and the carrier said it hoped to fly over 75 per cent of its customers during the strike period. For more information visit ba.com, unitetheunion.com.
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