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London Heathrow Airport could be hit by BA strikes

Thu, 08 Oct, 2009

London Heathrow Airport would see many of its flights seriously affected if strikes by British Airways (BA) staff go ahead.

Industrial action could be possible in the UK after trade union Unite reacted furiously to an announcement by BA that cabin crew staff must accept longer hours or leave the company.

The 14,000 BA cabin crew employees have been told that they must make their decision on the two-year pay freeze by November 16th 2009.

Unite has refused to rule out the possibility of strike action and warned of a long, drawn-out confrontation with BA unless it withdraws the proposal.

More than 90 per cent of British Airways flights from London Heathrow Airport now operate from Terminal 5.

Steve Turner, Unite officer for aviation, said: "Unite will vigorously defend BA's loyal staff and its customer base and will not see standards driven into the ground by this management team."

But BA said it hoped to avoid strikes and was due to hold a meeting with Unite next week.

Joe Evans

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