BA and Unite too busy to meet
January 26th, 2011 by elisa

Last week BA cabin crew voted for further industrial action over the disciplinary action against staff who had previously taken part in strikes. The conciliation service Acas has admitted this week that it is finding it difficult to find a convenient time for both sides to meet as they are both too busy.

The dispute has been fired further after reports in the Daily Mail stated that Unite leader Len McCluskey had written to Jim McAuslan, the head of the pilot’s union urging pilots not to cross picket lines if cabin crew went ahead with further strikes.

McCluskey allegedly wrote: “As you will be aware, the company mounted an extensive strike-breaking operation when cabin crew took lawful industrial action last year.

“This included inducing other employees to undertake cabin crew duties. Those so induced included a number of members of Balpa.

“It has come to my attention that further pilots employed by BA, members of Balpa, are presently being trained to undertake cabin crew duties in the event of a further strike.

“I am writing to formally request that you issue advice to all your members employed at BA that they should not undertake such training, and should not do cabin crew duties if Unite cabin crew do indeed take further strike action. In my view, issuing such advice is the least any trade union should do under the circumstances.”

However, McAuslan said Balpa remains impartial in the dispute.

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