British Airways’ cabin crew union Unite withdrew its support for BA's latest offer, meaning the deal will no longer go to a vote (Dow Jones/Reuters, 11-Nov-2010/Bloomberg, 12-Nov-2010). The withdrawal comes after pressure from crew officials. Unite Joint General Secretary Tony Woodley plans to meet with the officers on 12-Nov-2010 to discuss a course of action to secure an appropriate package. BA accused internal divisions of Unite for stopping the ballot, which it believes should still go ahead. It stated cabin crew “deserve the opportunity to vote on these proposals”. BA CEO Willie Walsh has stated the carrier’s latest proposals are only valid if the union recommends its members vote for the deal.
Unite: “It has been made clear on many occasions that Unite and I personally will not under any circumstances recommend to our cabin crew members any offer that was not also recommended by our elected representatives. Any sense that this offer is being presented to cabin crew over the heads of unwilling representatives would be deeply damaging to the union and its members above all. Our unity has been a vital source of strength throughout this dispute. Under these circumstances, I have suspended the ballot on the offer and will meet with all of our cabin crew representatives as a matter of urgency to consider the next steps,” Tony Woodley, Joint General Secretary. Source: Dow Jones/Reuters, 11-Nov-2010.