British Airways cabin crew may go on strike over job cuts
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 13:57
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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 07, 2009, 13:57

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