Will BA Crew Strike During the Royal Wedding?
New strike dates have yet to be announced, but the Unite union did announce its members voted 8-1 in favor of taking further action in their long-running dispute with British Airways.
The union will first continue to seek talks with the airline's management, and must give seven days notice of any walkout. Still, there is a possibility the union will use the timing of the upcoming holidays – a period that encompasses four public holidays in 11 days and includes the royal wedding, already been predicted to be the travel event of the year – to their advantage.
Cabin crews have been in dispute with British Airlines for almost two years over cost-cutting measures put in place by the airline, which includes a pay freeze and a reduction in the number of cabin crew members on long haul flights.
According to the union, 83% of nearly 7,000 cabin crew members who returned ballot papers voted "yes" to strike action.
Reuters reported the strike has so far cost British Airways around $240 million.
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