BA cabin crew vote for fresh strike ac­tion

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LON­DON: Bri­tish Air­ways cabin crew on Mon­day voted in favour of tak­ing fresh strike ac­tion in a dis­pute that has so far cost the air­line more than 150 mil­lion pounds.

The Unite union, which rep­re­sents 90 per­cent of IAG (ICAG.L)-owned BA's 12,000 cabin crew, said 83 per­cent of the 6,981 BA cabin crew who re­turned valid vot­ing pa­pers voted in favour of tak­ing in­dus­trial ac­tion.

"We urge BA's board­room to see this as a clear mes­sage that they must think again about how to re­gain the trust and con­fi­dence of a sig­nif­i­cant part of their cabin crew op­er­a­tion," Len McCluskey, Unite's gen­eral sec­re­tary said in a state­ment.

"We con­tinue to be in dis­cus­sions with the com­pany to find a so­lu­tion to this long-run­ning dis­pute." The dis­pute, which be­gan in Novem­ber 2009 when BA an­nounced it was cut­ting crew pay and re­duc­ing staffing, now cen­tres on is­sues in­clud­ing the re­moval of travel con­ces­sions from crew mem­bers who took part in ear­lier strikes.

Unite polled just un­der 10,000 BAcrew, 5,811 voted in favour of strike ac­tion, while 1,170 voted against.

BA de­clined to com­ment when con­tacted by Reuters.

Unite now has 28 days within which to an­nounce strike dates and must BA at least a week's no­tice be­fore it does so.

Shares in IAG in Lon­don, formed by the merger of BA and Ibe­ria, were 0.2 per­cent down at 228.45 pence by 1320 GMT.Reuters

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