British Airways urges staff not to strike

British
Airways (BA) has written to its employees urging them not to strike over pay.

BA
told its staff in a letter that going on strike would "seriously
damage" the company.

Thousands
of baggage handlers, check-in staff and other workers have threatened to take
part in industrial action in a row over pay.

Members
of the GMB are voting on whether to strike. The Transport and General Workers’
Union is also expected to announce that it is balloting its members.

The
unions have turned down a three-year pay offer worth 8.5 per cent, or 10.5 per
cent if it does not count towards pensions.

BA’s
director of operations Mike Street sent a personal letter to staff saying talks
with the unions were continuing.

By Mike Berry

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