Christmas strike likely
September 6th, 2010 by elisa

British Airways’ cabin crew met Unite union leaders at London’s Kempton Park racecourse today to discuss a further strike ballot.

Joint general secretaries Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson said they are still looking for a peaceful resolution to the long-running dispute, but sources in the latest news reports state that crew have voted in favour of strike action over the Christmas period.

There has been a drop of 2.9% in BA traffic in August which BA attributes to not repeating last year’s premium cabins promotional activity, however Unite have a different slant with a spokesperson saying: “Today’s figures show that a worrying number of passengers, in the key premium sector particularly, continue to book away from BA.

“Willie Walsh has failed to recapture those passengers he lost last year, and has in fact lost even more.

“Passengers pay for service and stability and while Willie Walsh continues to wage war on his workforce he can offer customers neither.”

The strike news comes at the same time that BA boss Willie Walsh announced that he has shortlisted 12 airlines that he’s targeting for takeover.

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