Unite members back BA strikes in latest ballot

British Airways members of the Unite union have voted in favour of fresh strike action, with general secretary Len McCluskey saying that the vote shows “that cabin crew remain determined to win justice”.

According to Unite just under 10,000 crew were polled (9,824), with 6,981 returning valid papers, and of these 83 per cent (5,811) voted in favour of strike action. 

The percentage of yes votes is higher than the last vote (which was deemed invalid after alleged flaws – see online news February 8). A total of 78.5 per cent of voters were in favour of fresh strikes back in January, although a higher number of crew were polled (10,200).

Commenting on the result Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey said:

“This vote shows that cabin crew remain determined to win justice. We urge BA’s boardroom to see this as a clear message that they must think again about how to regain the trust and confidence of a significant part of their cabin crew operation. “We continue to be in discussions with the company to find a solution to this long-running dispute.”

BA cabin staff staged a total of 22 days of strike action last year, which are estimated to have cost the carrier over £150 million.

For more information visit ba.com, unitetheunion.org.

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  • Update: BA has posted the following response to today’s ballot result on its website:

    “Unite, the trade union for British Airways cabin crew, has announced that its strike ballot has closed in favour of strike action.

    Unite has not set any dates for the proposed strike action and we remain in talks with them.

    If a strike does take place, we have strong contingency plans in place. We will:

    Operate a normal schedule at London Gatwick and London City
    Aim to fly 100 per cent of our longhaul flights to and from London Heathrow
    Aim to fly the majority of our shorthaul flights to and from London Heathrow

    As all our flights are operating as normal at the moment, any changes to bookings are subject to the original fare rules.

    Unite must give seven days’ notice of any proposed strike action.”

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