BA cabin crew reject offer to end dispute - union

20th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Airways cabin crew have rejected the airline's latest offer to end their long-running dispute, their union said Tuesday, raising the prospect of fresh strikes.

Members of the Unite union, Britain's biggest trade union, voted by 3,419 to 1,686 against the offer, dashing hopes of an end to the bitter row over cost-cutting and travel perks for staff.

Unite had postponed further strike action last month to allow members to vote on what BA said was its "final" offer.

The airline's offer had included a 2.9 percent pay rise next year and a three percent pay increase the following year.

BA had also promised to partially reinstate travel concessions to some staff members.

The loss-making airline has already been hit by 22 days of strikes this year by cabin crew, costing the company more than 150 million pounds (177 million euros, 228 million dollars), according to Unite.

A Unite spokesman said: "The union will now meet with cabin crew representatives this afternoon to consider the next steps."

© 2010 AFP

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