British Airways cabin crews have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in a dispute over sick leave, pay and staffing.
Members of the Transport & General Workers Union backed the industrial action by 96 per cent, a move that threatens serious disruption to BA’s services, reports BBC NewsOnline.
The airline’s managers and the union are now due to hold talks on Tuesday to try to avert a series of walkouts.
BA said any industrial action would be “completely unnecessary”.
“We have arranged to meet T&G officials this week and we very much hope they will enter into meaningful discussion with us on the issues the union has raised,” said the airline.
BA’s shares were trading 9.75 pence, or 1.8%, lower at 541.25p in London during midday trading.
The T&G union said at the weekend that there had been a “serious breakdown” in relations with the airline.
“BA’s success and reputation is built on the loyal workforce that have stuck by this airline through thick and thin,” said T&G regional secretary Steve Hart.
“Yet while profits and share prices rocket, cabin crew have seen their terms and conditions attacked, an imposition from management rather than negotiation.”
The union said cabin crew workers claimed they were under pressure to turn up for work even if they were unwell.