29-Mar-2011 9:19 AM

Unite votes in favour of strike action

Unite confirmed (28-Mar-2011) British Airways cabin crew, who are members of the union, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action. From 6981 valid votes returned, 83% voted supported strike action. United said the vote, the fourth official ballot in two years, "reflects the continued resilience among the crew". Voter turnout was 72%. Unite did not name dates for strikes, although the vote gives Unite a mandate to hold strikes over Easter and as soon as next week (The Guardian, 18-Mar-2011). BA has pledged to operate all long-haul services during any walkouts. [more]

Unite: "This vote shows that cabin crew remain determined to win justice. We urge BA's boardroom to see this as a clear message that they must think again about how to regain the trust and confidence of a significant part of their cabin crew operation. We continue to be in discussions with the company to find a solution to this long-running dispute." Len McCluskey, Secretary. Source: Unite, 28-Mar-2011.