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30-Jun-2010 11:38 AM

BA warns cabin crew over fresh strikes; receives 4500 job applications

British Airways has warned its cabin crew that they face the risk of fresh legal action or dismissal if they proceed with another round of strikes over summer/autumn 2010 (Financial Times, 29-Jun-2010). The carrier has revealed that 4,500 applicants have formally registered interest in being hired as Heathrow cabin crew since it commenced a recruitment drive last week for 1,250 new staff on reduced salaries at the base.

Ryanair CEO, Michael O'Leary, stated British Airways CEO, Willie Walsh, has done a “fantastic job” dealing with the carrier's striking cabin crew, commenting: “I would have sacked them all long ago” (Financial Times, 29-Jun-2010).