British Airways cabin crew to be balloted again for further strikes

British Airways (BA) cabin crew will be balloted again for further strike action, Unite union has confirmed.

A spokesman for Unite told Personnel Today the union was “making preparations for a fresh ballot” but could not say when cabin crew would be asked to vote on any future action.

It is understood the new ballot could cover the union’s concerns about travel perks being stripped from striking cabin crew and continuing disciplinary procedures against union members, as well as the previous grievances about job cuts, pay and working conditions.

The airline’s cabin crew are today staging their final day of industrial action in a series of five-day walkouts.

The new ballot will be conducted because the legal protection granted to employees who go on strike lasts for 12 weeks is set to expire on 11 June. Unite could legally call another strike under the existing ballot but staff would not be protected and could be sacked by BA.

But a spokeswoman for BA said the airline “hasn’t yet received notification that they will conduct a ballot”.

She added: “We remain committed to the talks and remain available.”

According to Unite, the 22 days of strikes have cost BA £154m.

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