Strikes threaten to ground British Airways at Christmas
If you're planning to fly abroad at Christmas, it may be worth avoiding British Airways for the time being. After a lengthy catalogue of cutbacks in service, desperate measures and record losses, the airline's disastrous year could be crowned with a series of strikes during the festive holidays, leaving passengers well and truly screwed.
Cabin crew and union representatives are meeting today to discuss the possibility of strike action, following nine months of negotiations with BA. The changes proposed by the airline include pay freezes for two years and reducing the number of cabin crew on long-haul flights from Heathrow. BA are hoping that 1,000 staff will request voluntary redundancy and more than 3,000 will request having their roles reduced to part-time hours. In a recession. Gotcha.
The results of the ballot on possible strike action is set to be announced on December 14th; since unions must give seven days notice of industrial action, it could mean BA flights are suspended before and after Christmas.