Holiday chaos looms as BA crew vote to strike
Published 29/03/2011 | 05:00
FOR THE fourth time in two years, cabin crew employed by British Airways have voted resoundingly to strike.
Members of the Unite union voted 5-1 in favour of more industrial action. Unite has yet to announce dates, but industrial action could potentially disrupt the Easter holidays.
A week's notice must be given before a strike begins, and any industrial action must start by 25 April -- four days before the British royal wedding.
The dispute has dragged on since 2009. Cabin crew walked out for 22 days last year, grounding hundreds of flights and costing the airline an estimated £150m (€170m).
BA has issued a statement, saying: "We began talks with Unite earlier this month, and those talks are continuing. We hope they will bring an end to this dispute, which is what the overwhelming majority of our cabin crew want." (© Independent News Service)