by Helen Young November 3rd, 2009
Many people have been talking about a possible upcoming strike by the British Airways cabin crew, which would affect Christmas travelers. Well it has been reported that the Unite union, which represents about 14,000 British Airways cabin crew, said that they would be announcing the results of the strike ballot as of December 14th.
Due to employment law, this means that the first walkout could take place as of December 21st. The union would be free to continue the industrial strike over the course of 28 days, meaning that the strike would, not only affect Christmas, but New Year’s as well.
British Airways has already reported that it lost £401 million last year and is forecasting more losses this week. To make matters worse, negotiations have just recently broken down between the carrier and the unions over how savings for the carrier can be achieved. The strike ballot was called after the cabin crew grew angry over plans to overhaul their working conditions and more cuts were to be made.
Thus, customers who have already brought their tickets with British Airways for the holidays will still be left with another month of being uncertain if they will be able to use their tickets or not. Previously, British Airways offered passengers a chance to rebook their flights once the strike dates were known and refunds on flights that had to be canceled.
British Airways said that they are very disappointed with the Unite union’s decision for a ballot for industrial action. The carrier has already admitted that it remains in a fight for survival.