BA cabin crew vote for more strikes: Unite union

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Airways cabin crew have voted in favour of more strikes in a bitter row over pay and perks, the Unite trade union announced on Monday.

Unite said in a statement that just under 10,000 staff were balloted on whether they would take part in strikes. Of the 6,981 ballots returned and counted, 83 percent voted 'yes' to industrial action.

"This vote shows that cabin crew remain determined to win justice," said Unite general secretary Len McCluskey in the statement. No possible strike dates were named.

"We urge BA's boardroom to see this as a clear message that they must think again about how to regain the trust and confidence of a significant part of their cabin crew operation.

"We continue to be in discussions with the company to find a solution to this long-running dispute."

In response, BA stressed that it remained in talks with Unite over the dispute.

"This is a time for co-operation, not confrontation. We began talks with Unite earlier this month, and those talks are continuing," a BA spokesman said.

"We hope they will bring an end to this dispute, which is what the overwhelming majority of our cabin crew want."

© 2011 AFP

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