Unite/BA Dispute Escalates

24 March 2010

British Airways (BA) cabin crew have voted for seven days of strikes: three days from March 20th 2010 and four days from March 27th 2010. The strike dates led BA to withdraw its offer to settle the dispute, which concerns proposed cost-cutting measures, which it said was conditional on strike dates being withheld. While the Prime Minister suggested that the threatened strike was “unjustified and deplorable”, Unite discussed offers of support from US trade union, the Teamsters. Last-minute talks at the TUC’s London headquarters failed to avert the strike.