The Unite Union is to hold a fresh ballot for further strikes by BA cabin crew, saying that preparations are now at an “advanced stage”.
The union says that the legal protection granted to employees who go on strike lasts for twelve weeks, and in the case of the BA cabin crew this will expire on June 11, just a couple of days after the end of the latest round of five-day strikes.
A BBC report says the union “could legally call another strike under its existing mandate, but as its members would not be entitled to legal protection against repercussions from management it said it would not expose them to that risk”.
It is not clear when the new ballot will take place, but it is understood the conciliation service ACAS is to set a date for new peace talks “shortly”.
BA says it has increased its services at Heathrow to 80 per cent of long-haul flights and 60 per cent of short-haul flights during the latest strike period. All services in to and out of London City and London Gatwick remain unaffected by the industrial action.