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British Airways cabin crew may go on strike over job cuts

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 13:57

Zeenews Bureau

London: A strike by the cabin crew of the British Airways seems eminent following UK carrier’s provocative move to slash 1700 jobs, imposing a two-year pay freeze and changing working practices.

Despite months of negotiations between the airline and Unite - the union that represents the airline`s 14,000 cabin crew – the carrier unilaterally announced the changes without taking Unite into confidence.
A Unite spokesman said that no decision had been taken on a strike ballot, but indicated that feelings were running high. “BA`s actions indicate that they are not interested in compromise and prefer conflict," It would be fair to deduce that this brings a strike closer because they are imposing changes,” she said.
One cabin crew employee said, "We had a union meeting on Monday and the general consensus was we have had enough. We can`t take any more of the negative management, bullying and harassment we get. We are ready to go on strike."

A meeting of union convenors is expected to take place on Wednesday.

First Published: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 13:57
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