Will BA Crew Strike During the Royal Wedding?

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The union that represents the British Airways cabin crew has voted to hold more strikes, meaning there is a chance walkouts could occur during the course of the royal wedding and Easter holidays.

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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