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BA cabin crew vote on poor new offer

Issue No. 2210

Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) are voting on a new offer from management.

The offer is a poor attempt to bribe workers to accept attacks on their jobs and they should throw it out.

In November, BA boss Willie Walsh imposed job cuts on cabin crew. This has led to increased workload and stress for remaining crew, and a worse and less safe service for passengers.

These cuts, and their imposition on crew, sparked the first strike ballot in this dispute. The new offer does not reinstate those workers.

BA’s promises to maintain terms and conditions are undermined by a crucial part of the offer – the introduction of a new “mixed” fleet.

Workers in the mixed fleet will be paid less, have worse conditions and have fewer or no union rights.

The fact that Walsh is trying to create a two-tier workforce to divide workers at BA is bad enough. And this new fleet will directly affect current crew.

Walsh vindictively removed crew’s staff travel discounts as a punishment for striking. The new offer will not reinstate it.

BA has suspended or sacked around 60 workers, including leading union reps, during the dispute. The new offer will not reinstate them.

It is a disgrace that Unite has made no recommendation to workers on how to vote. The union should be energetically campaigning against the deal.

Crew have taken 22 days of strikes so far. Workers must do all they can to mobilise the no vote. They must also pile the pressure on their union leaders to raise their game, call more strikes and escalate the dispute.

The ballot ends on 20 July.

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Tue 13 Jul 2010, 17:56 BST
Issue No. 2210
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