Monday, December 14, 2009

British Airways cabin crews vote to strike

1 hr 17 mins ago
LONDON – British Airways cabin crews will strike over the busy Christmas period, throwing the plans of thousands of holiday makers into uncertainty.

The Unite union said Monday crew members plan to walk off the job on Dec. 22 and strike for 12 days.

The union says 92.5 percent of the workers who voted were in favor of the action.

BA staff members are unhappy about layoffs and changes in work practices that they argue have been illegally imposed by the airline.

BA has announced sweeping changes as part of its bid to cut costs after suffering big losses amid lower demand for travel during the global recession. It says plans to axe thousands of jobs, freeze pay for current staff and offer lower wages for new employees are necessary for its survival.

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