For the fourth time in two years, cabin crew workers at British Airways have returned a huge majority for strike action on an enormous turnout. 83% of workers voted to strike, on a turnout of 72%.
Their union, Unite, now has a month in which to declare action, which has elicited predictable bleating from the tabloid press about potential disruption to Easter holidays.
Despite the impressive ballot result, the strike is one that sees workers on the back-foot. The current dispute focuses on reversing victimisations and attacks suffered during previous strikes around pay freezes and job cuts which BA boss Willie Walsh wants to impose on staff.
Unite leader Len McCluskey said, “this vote shows that cabin crew remain determined to win justice. 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.”