New Union Leader Warns Of Further BA Strike
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.