British Airways cabin crew union, Unite, is expected to advise the carrier of plans to launch a new ballot for strike action on 21-Jun-2010, which could mean voting will commence next week (guardian.co.uk, 20-Jun-2010). If cabin crew vote for the strike, action could commence as soon as 03-Aug-2010. Joint General Secretaries, Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson, told crew there are three areas of dispute, using volunteer cabin crew, the removal of travel concessions from striking staff and “vindictive” disciplinary action against at least 70 staff. BA CEO, Willie Walsh, has vowed the carrier will operate 100% of its long-haul operations if strike action resumes. Mr Walsh also commented that the ongoing issue is not over the return of travel concessions, stating the perks would have been reinstated had Unite accepted BA’s latest offer (Breaking Travel News, 18-Jun-2010).
British Airways: “There is a big gulf between the views of the cabin crew and those of the Unite union. If Unite offered an open ballot to members it would be accepted,” Willie Walsh, CEO. Source: Breaking Travel News, 18-Jun-2010.