BA strike looms

Trade union bosses are warning of a crippling strike by British Airways cabin crew workers just weeks before Christmas, the Sun  has reported.

A memo seen by the paper revealed union leaders believe BA will “break agreements” on staffing levels at the end of October.

It warned: “When this occurs… industrial conflict will be inevitable and a ballot for industrial action will then take place.”

A strike would likely occur in the middle of November – weeks before Brits fly off for their Christmas or New Year breaks.

The memo – from leaders of cabin crew representatives BASSA – follows further talks between union chiefs and BA boss Willie Walsh last Thursday.

The airline wants to axe up to 2,000 employees and cut pay and perks to battle the “worst trading conditions” in its history.

Tony Woodley, general secretary of Unite, is leading the talks with the firm but BASSA represents 14,000 flight attendants.

Strike action has been mooted for months, but the memo is the clearest sign yet that a walkout is now possible.

BA last night said that talks were continuing with Unite officials and that a further meeting was planned in the coming days.

A spokesman said: “The talks last week were very constructive and we look forward to making further progress later this month.”

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