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British Airways staff to vote on Christmas strike action

Passengers flying on British Airways over Christmas are bracing themselves for mayhem after 2,500 cabin crew backed union leaders&rsquo; decision to call a strike vote at a mass meeting.<br /><br />The ballot &ndash; in protest over the company&rsquo;s imposed job cuts and two-year pay freeze &ndash; will start next week and close on 14 December.<br /><br />Unite is obliged to give BA seven days&rsquo; notice of action, meaning&nbsp; the earliest date for a walk-out would be 21 December &ndash; a peak period for travel which could result in flights being grounded for Christmas.<br /><br />British Airways wants to sack another 1,200 staff after posting a record loss of &pound;292m for the six months to September.<br /><br />This latest round of redundancies means the firm will have axed 4,900 staff by next year. So far 1,900 positions have already been eliminated in the UK.<br /><br />Unite the Union said that BA&rsquo;s continued failure to consult properly on redundancies was &ldquo;unfair and unworkable&rdquo;.<br /><br />More than 13,300 cabin crew staff will be balloted, with union leaders predicting a big &ldquo;yes&rdquo; vote in favour of action.