December 14: British Airways (BA) staff have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over the airline’s recent imposition of new working arrangements, including the reduction of crew numbers on all flights. Cabin crew say this will hit passenger service, as well as their earnings and career prospects.
Just over 12,500 cabin crew were balloted by the union Unite, which has been pressing BA to come to a negotiated solution, without success. Staff will walk out on December 22 and not return to work until January 2. BA estimates up to a million travellers could be affected by the disruption.
In an official statement the airline said “We are extremely disappointed that Unite is planning massive disruption for hundreds of thousands of our customers over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
“A 12-day strike would be completely unjustified and a huge over-reaction to the modest changes we have announced for cabin crew which are intended to help us recover from record financial losses. Unite’s cynical decision betrays a total lack of concern for our customers, our business and other employees within British Airways.”