British Airways cabin crew are to take part in a five-day online ballot from 27-Apr-2010 on whether to agree to a "peace deal" offered by the carrier or continue with industrial action (Mail Online, 23-Apr-2010). The union, Unite, stated there were still two main areas of contention in talks with BA, including the removal of travel perks and disciplinary cases related to the industrial action.
British Airways crew to take part in online ballot on 'peace deal'
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