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Cabin crew reps call for a new ballot in BA dispute

Issue No. 2220

Union reps in Bassa, the British Airways cabin crew section of Unite, have requested a fresh strike ballot from the Unite leadership.

This is a matter of urgency. Workers rejected an offer by bullying boss Willie Walsh at the end of July—but Unite has not yet held a new strike ballot.

As Duncan Holley, one of the Bassa reps that BA has sacked during the dispute, puts it, “Words are not enough anymore. BA has mounted a full frontal assault on Unite and, to my mind, Unite have been pretty toothless in response.”

He goes on to say that if BA bosses get their way it will “mean oblivion not only for this union but many others too.”

Tony Woodley has said that the dispute is about smashing Unite and that the dispute should broaden to involve other BA workers. It’s time to put these words into practice.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2220
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