BA turbulence continues

The
Unite union has confirmed that it is preparing to ballot its members again on
further strike action at BA.

Unite,
which represents BA cabin crew, said the legal protection granted to employees
who go on strike lasts for 12 weeks and will expire on 11 June.

Its
comments come as cabin crew enter the final day in the last of a series of
five-day walkouts.

BA
boss Willie Walsh has said he will hold out against striking cabin crew members
“for as long it takes”.

Unite
has been involved in a long-running row with the airline which began over
staffing levels and working conditions.

But
the union says the main outstanding grievance now is the removal of travel
concessions for those who went on strike.

Unite
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.

The
conciliation service Acas has said a date for peace talks to resume is likely
to be set shortly.

Unite
says there has been “huge disruption” to flights during the strike.

But
BA says it has continued to run a good service during the latest walkout,
saying more crew than previously had turned up for work.

It
has been aiming to operate about 80 per cent of long-haul flights from
Heathrow, up from 70 per cent and 60 per cent during the previous two five-day
strikes.

The
percentage of short-haul flights operating from Heathrow was up to 60 per cent,
from 55 per cent and 50 per cent respectively, it added.

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More strikes may be in the future for British Airways.
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