British Airways cabin crew’s union, Unite, announced on Monday that it would strike again in 2011.
Dates for the strike have not been set, but according to the union the industrial action was supported by 83 percent of the 6,981 who voted. Around 10,000 union members were polled.
This is the fourth time in two years that crew members have voted to strike.
In January, a ballot to strike was overturned by British Airways (BA) after Britain’s Electoral Reform Services evaluated the vote to be unlawful.
Unite continues to strike on issues that include the restoration of travel perks stripped from striking members and the recruitment and use of non-union cabin crew members.
Last year, BA was hit with 22 days of painful strikes that cost the airline around $249 million. This new round of strikes might end up impacting the upcoming Easter holiday and travel to the Royal Wedding.
BA has promised passengers that during the upcoming strike they aim to “fly 100 percent of [their] long-haul operation into and out of London Heathrow” and most of their short-haul flights out of London Heathrow. Whether they can actually do so remains to be seen…
By Adriana Padilla for PeterGreenberg.com.
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