Tue, Jun 29, 2010
Company Makes "Last And Final Offer" On Sunday
Unite the union confirmed Sunday that the new offer to British
Airways cabin crews could lead to the postponement of the new
industrial action ballot which was set to begin on Tuesday, June
29th. "As a consequence of the company’s last and final offer
the union and its representatives will have no choice but to delay
our vote in order to allow our members to consult on the offer,"
said Unite joint general secretary Tony Woodley. "The company has
made it clear that the offer on the table will be removed if the
strike ballot starts on Tuesday."
"It would be therefore be inexplicable if we did not put this
offer to our members," he continued.
However, Unite has warned that it is not in a position to
recommend the BA proposal to members because it does not fully
reinstate staff travel arrangements stripped from those who took
lawful industrial strike action in March and May. “The fact
that staff travel arrangements have not been restored to thousands
of crew prevents this offer from BA being the breakthrough everyone
seeks," Woodley added. "Failure by BA to restore travel in full
means the possibility of a recommendation nil and makes acceptance
of the offer uncertain.”
Unite said the new proposal contains protections for existing
members from the new fleet inferior contracts BA is introducing and
will provide cabin crews a minimum allowance payment, an
improvement to the flat fee that had been offered before.
Unite is also seeking an independent review of the cases of members
suspended and sacked during the dispute.
On its website, British Airways offered a short statement
announcing the delay. "Unite have announced the cabin crew ballot
for the latest industrial action will be postponed," the statement
reads. "We welcome today's statement from the Unite leadership. We
believe our offer is fair and reasonable and provides a genuine
opportunity to end this dispute. We will update ba.com when we have
The consultative ballot on BA's new proposal could begin this
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