British Airways cabin crew voted in favour of taking fresh strike action in a dispute that has so far cost the airline more than 150 million pounds.
The Unite union, which represents 90 percent of IAG-owned BA’s 12,000 cabin crew, said 83 percent of the 6,981 BA cabin crew who returned valid voting papers voted in favour of taking industrial action.
“We urge BA’s boardroom to see this as a clear message that they must think again about how to regain the trust and confidence of a significant part of their cabin crew operation,” Len McCluskey, Unite’s general secretary said in a statement, Reuters reports.
“We continue to be in discussions with the company to find a solution to this long-running dispute.”
The dispute, which began in November 2009 when BA announced it was cutting crew pay and reducing staffing, now centres on issues including the removal of travel concessions from crew members who took part in earlier strikes.
Unite polled just under 10,000 BA crew, 5,811 voted in favour of strike action, while 1,170 voted against.
BA declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.
Unite now has 28 days within which to announce strike dates and must BA at least a week’s notice before it does so.
Shares in IAG in London, formed by the merger of BA and Iberia, were 0.2 percent down at 228.45 pence by 2:20 p.m.