BA could face Easter walk-out

Steve Dinneen
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British Airways could face yet more staff strikes, with the result of the latest ballot due out later today.

Workers represented by Unite voted again on whether to organise a staff walk-out, with members expected to overwhelmingly back the action.

The ballot raises the possibility of a fresh wave of strikes over the Easter break in a repeat of last year’s walkout that caused misery for millions of travellers and cost BA tens of millions of pounds.

A BA spokesman said: “We have had positive talks with Unite and expect talks to continue.”

The long-running dispute is being fought on a number of fronts, with union members complaining about cost cutting and disciplinary action against several of its members.

Incoming BA chief executive Keith Williams has held talks with Unite general secretary Len McCluskey.

Workers fought furiously against outgoing BA boss Willie Walsh, who they accused of attempting to break the union.

In his first interview since taking over the airline, Williams told City A.M. last week it was time for a fresh start at BA.

He said: “BA has not grown for some considerable period of time. It’s time to put some growth back into this business.

“It is on the edge of some tremendous opportunities due to our merger with Iberia and partnership with American Airlines.”