New Union Leader Warns Of Further BA Strike

November 24, 2010

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The new head of the Unite union warned British Airways on Wednesday that cabin crew could go on strike again in a year-long dispute, accusing the company of a campaign of intimidation against members.

"If we do move to an industrial action ballot and as I say, do watch this space, then I suspect we will get a very, very substantial yes vote," said Len McCluskey, general secretary-elect of the union.

The dispute, originally centred on cuts to pay and staff levels, has brought strikes costing the airline GBP£150 million (USD$237 million).

Hopes of a solution dimmed this month when the union suspended plans to ballot staff on an offer after a number of cabin crew representative said they could not recommend it.

Asked if there was a threat of a strike over the Christmas period, McCluskey joked: "Watch this space, don't go on holiday."

A key sticking point in resolving the dispute has been the airline's decision to remove travel perks for cabin crew who took part in the strikes.