BA offer to lift crew sanctions comes with conditions

Hotel News - 08/07/2010

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In a bid to end months of strike action by flight attendants, British Airways has made a new offer to the Unite union. Members must be balloted on the offer, which has been distributed by the union without any recommendation on how to vote, by 20 July.

The British carrier has offered to restore perks it took away from crew members as punishment for joining strikes. However, the offer comes with conditions that include Unite taking a less strident tone against the airline in union releases. Over recent months of industrial action and negotiations, the union often released public statements attacking BA.

British Airways is now offering to restore those, as long as Unite co-operates. The airline is also offering members a minimum increase in salary if they agree to accept the offer.

However, the airline warned that flight attendants who join future strikes will not just end up having perks withdrawn. BA said staff joining future industrial action would also see their pay affected. If members reject the newest offer, new strikes could commence in September.

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