British Airways strikes “inevitable” if radical changes to working practices introduced
October 19th, 2009 by elisa

British Airways G-BYGC by Simon_sees.

BA aircraft photo by Flickr user Simon sees

British Airways faces a meeting with unions today after cabin crew warned that industrial action was “inevitable” with the prospect of strikes later this year. The reason for this is that the airline is seeking to save £140 million a year from its cabin crew budget and is looking to make radical changes to working practices.

A reduction in crew numbers on some flights is among new conditions BA is seeking to introduce. Senior cabin crew will be required to participate in normal food and drink service while new staff will be employed on different terms and on less pay.

A walk out by cabin crew strike could ground BA’s fleet and cause massive disruption to passengers. BA chief executive Willie Walsh will meet Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, the joint heads of the Unite union, to try to reach a compromise agreement. But Bassa, the division of Unite representing BA cabin crew, said in a letter to members last week: “If no progress is made at that meeting, a ballot for industrial action is inevitable.”

BA want to cut 2,000 full-time equivalent jobs from its 14,000 cabin crew and is looking for up to 1,700 job losses among ground staff.

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