BA crew to vote on holding more strikes

British Airways cabin crew are to be balloted this week on whether to back a peace deal or hold more strikes.

Union officials have admitted it was a “possibility” that more strikes could take place if negotiations broke down this week. However, they said industrial action would be a last resort.

According to reports, the two sides are close to coming to an agreement over working practices, which was the source of the dispute last month.

However, parties are rowing over the removal of travel perks for members who took part, as well as 50 disciplinary cases against union members that stemmed from their participation.

BA’s refusal to reinstate the perks could result in strikes.

Unite will ballot the 12,000 cabin crew this week asking whether they accept a proposal which has been drafted following negotiations between the airline and Tony Woodley, the joint general secretary of Unite.

Cabin crew staged seven days of strikes last month, although BA kept many services running with volunteer staff and chartered aircraft.

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