BA cabin crew vote in favour of strike, say reports

Cabin crew at British Airways (BA) have voted in favour of strike action, according to newspaper reports.

The result of the latest ballot of 13,000 cabin crew will be officially announced by the Unite union on Monday. A meeting is then scheduled for Thursday to thrash out details of industrial action. The union has ruled out a strike over Easter.

British Airways cabin crew will also hear today whether a judge will prevent the airline from taking cost-cutting measures, including a cut in the number of cabin crew on its long-haul flights.

Unite went to court to seek an injunction, arguing that the airline was breaking long-standing contracts. BA said an injunction would be a “commercial catastrophe”.

The previous ballot before Christmas received a 92% vote in favour. However, the strike was blocked by the High Court because the vote had included staff who had already taken redundancy.

Unite has agreed “unwillingly” to work the new schedules pending today’s ruling by Sir Christopher Holland at the High Court.

BA has asked ground staff to retrain as cabin crew during the strike.

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