Unite says that cabin crew have “overwhelmingly rejected” BA’s latest offer.
May 10: Trade union Unite, representing the British Airways 12,000 cabin crew, says that the staff have “overwhelmingly rejected” the company management’s latest offer relating to the current industrial dispute.
Unite claims that 81% voted against the offer, in line with the union’s recommendation, with a turn-out of 71%. It is expected that new strike dates will be announced soon and may possibly happen later this month.
Unite’s Joint General Secretaries, Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, said “BA management should take note of their own employees’ strong rejection of their offer and immediately address the outstanding concerns.”
There are three issues on which Unite recommended the rejection of the latest BA offer: First is the failure to fully restore travel concessions from all crew who took industrial action; secondly BA intends to pursue disciplinary actions against more than 50 crew members who have been suspended on charges arising from the dispute; and thirdly Unite’s “loss of trust” in BA commitment to resolving the dispute.
BA is awaiting Unite’s announcement on possible industrial action before commenting on the ballot.