Unite promises £700,000 financial backing to help strike
March 29th, 2010 by elisa

It has just been announced that Unite have pledged to help BA cabin crew with £700,000 worth of financial backing, this will be in addition to the money Unite are already paying staff with strike pay.

Tony Woodley, Unite joint general secretary said: “This is an unprecedented move and it shows that Unite is absolutely determined to give our members all the support they deserve in winning this battle against the BA bullies.

“We continue to search for a decent settlement in this dispute but cabin crew are not going to be driven back to work for lack of resources.”

The proposal was agreed today (Monday) by the General Executive of Unite. A mandatory 2 percent levy will be placed on Unite’s branches for the next quarter to support the strikers.

The union are also reported to be threatening further strikes if a resolution cannot be met, however no further action will be taken until 14th April, giving ample time for fresh talks.

The British Airways website gives a rather formal response over the strike period, keeping the update to revised timetables and answers to FAQ’s, however they do state that the strikes are “unjustified”.

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