BA crew talk about strikes

THOUSANDS of British Airways&rsquo; (BA) cabin crew are meeting at racecourse Sandown park this morning to discuss a winter walkout at the airline.<br /><br />The meeting comes ahead of BA&rsquo;s financial results for the summer season, which analysts are expecting to be catastrophic, as the downturn pummels airlines.<br /><br />The ailing carrier, led by chief executive Willie Walsh, is set to report a &pound;252m pre-tax loss on Friday, as it faces its second consecutive loss for the first time since <br />it was privatised in the 1980s. In a bid to cut costs, BA is freezing pay and axing staff through voluntary redundancies. <br /><br />But the moves have left unions reeling, and Unite is taking legal action in the High Court against the imposition of new contracts, and is gauging appetite for a strike. <br /><br />The union said on Friday that it had started proceedings at the High Court for an injunction against BA imposing new pay and conditions on workers from 16 November.<br /><br />&ldquo;BA is changing people&rsquo;s contracts and they are doing it in a unilateral way,&rdquo; Unite said. &ldquo;We want to demonstrate that in the matter of contractual changes they are breaking the law.&rdquo;<br /><br />BA says that the changes did not alter contractual terms and conditions for individual crew members.