Unite to ballot members over fresh strike action

British Airways faces fresh industrial action unless a negotiated settlement is found to end the long-running cabin crew dispute.

The warning came from the Unite union following a rally of 1,000 crew members at Kempton Park racecourse yesterday (Monday).

The union’s national officer Brendan Gold said Unite would ballot for action “at the right time” due to issues that remain unresolved with the airline.

He said: “The general secretaries have made it clear they see it as the next step, at the right time, to ballot for industrial action because of the issues that still remain at the heart of this dispute.”

Talks between the two sides ended without agreement last month following 22 days of strike action by cabin crew this year.

Some wore yellow ribbons yesterday in a sign of support for colleagues disciplined by BA during the dispute.

More than 60 members have been suspended and a further 13 sacked, according to the union.

BA said it had concluded disciplinary hearings into 65 cabin crew – 49 had returned to work and 16 had been sacked.

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