British Airways cabin crew union warns of strike action
British Airways cabin crew union, Unite, has warned the carrier that it must cancel plans to cut 1,700 jobs and implement a pay freeze, or a strike may be held in the lead up to Christmas (AFP/BBC News/Reuters, 07-Oct-09). According to the union, the job cuts and pay freeze involve significant contractual changes for remaining staff. BA responded stating all job cuts are voluntary and the changes would not alter the contract’s terms and conditions for existing staff.
Unite: "This imposition is completely unacceptable. It is a disgraceful attempt to intimidate workers into accepting poorer contracts. This imposition must be withdrawn." Steve Turner, National Officer for Aviation. Source: BBC News, 07-Oct-09.