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British Airways cabin crew ballot for action

Issue No. 2032

Some 11,000 cabin crew at British Airways (BA) are balloting for strike action. The airline could face a series of 24 hour strikes.

The T&G union said the ballot will close on Friday of next week. Cabin crew members could strike by the end of January.

The T&G has accused BA of capping pay by limiting promotion opportunities and forcing cabin crew to work while unwell under new sickness absence rules. It has also accused Willie Walsh, the airline’s chief executive, of introducing “macho management” practices.

Steve Hart, the T&G’s London regional secretary, said, “While BA’s profits and share prices rocket, cabin crew have seen their terms and conditions attacked and imposition from management rather than negotiation. This is a serious breakdown of industrial relations.”

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Sat 6 Jan 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2032
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