BA cabin crew agree to delay strike dates decision

British Airways cabin crew have agreed to postpone setting a date for the strikes amid hopes of a deal being struck over staff cuts.

The decision was taken yesterday when about 1,000 members of the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association, a branch of Unite, met at Kempton Park racecourse near Heathrow.

The cabin crew claim they are keen to ensure every avenue of the talks between BA executives and the two unions’ negotiating teams has been explored before they decide when to strike.

The latest round of strikes were announced following a vote earlier this week by Unite members, which saw 81% call for a walkout. Following the vote, union members can strike anytime up until March 22.

Cabin crew have become less militant since Christmas when a proposed 12-day strike over the festive season caused public outcry. The unions are instead proposing a series of 48-hour strikes, which would hit BA long-haul flights hardest.

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