Christmas strike threat for British Airways
September 3rd, 2010 by elisa

More bad news as the seemingly never ending dispute between cabin crew and British Airways progresses to more threats of strikes.

The recent dispute over the suspension of over 80 staff and sacking of 13 has hindered peace talks between the Union and BA as detailed in my previous blog.

The complications in the talks has lead to a fresh strike ballot likely to be called on Monday for action over the Christmas period. Unite are reluctant to hold the ballot so soon but face pressure from the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association (BASSA). 

Duncan Holley, BASSA’s branch secretary said in an article in the Telegraph: “We are looking for the green light for a strike ballot next week, which would encompass the Christmas period and there is every likelihood we will be out then.

“It would be prudent for the travelling public to take this into account and make alternative arrangements to ensure their holiday travel plans are not wrecked.

“What we are trying to do is give people plenty of notice this time round. We are also trying to put pressure on BA by hitting their bookings during one of the busiest times of the year.

“Our members are still being suspended and sacked unfairly. In some cases remarks on a private union forum are being treated as bullying.”

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