Unite announced a strike ballot by British Airways cabin crew members will commence on 21-Dec-2010 and end on 21-Jan-2011 (AP/BBC News, 14-Dec-2010). Unite labelled its relationship with the carrier as “dysfunctional”. The vote will concern five issues, including the immediate restoration of docked wages, staff travel concessions, trade union facilities and disciplinary cases against BA staff. British Airways stated that if strikes go forward it would be able to operate normal operations at London City and London Gatwick airports and all long-haul operations and a “substantial proportion” of operations at London Heathrow. The union is also asking its members to consider the introduction of mixed cabin crew teams, with workers on different terms and conditions without Unite's agreement.
Unite: "British Airways knows what it must do to end this dispute. Four of the five outstanding issues are no cost issues for BA, and are about treating cabin crew with dignity, respect and ending the climate of persecution. The fifth item is about stopping BA from imposing a near minimum waged workforce and killing BA's brand," Tony Woodley Joint General Secretary. Source: BBC News, 14-Dec-2010.