The British Airways (BA) cabin crew are being balloted at the time of writing. This is shortly after Unite, the union representing crew, called off a series of planned strikes following allegations that the ballot was unlawful.
In January, Unite declared that 78.5 per cent of cabin crew balloted had voted in favour of strikes and that it planned to announce the dates on which strikes would take place. However, it appears that the statutory notice requirements set out in the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, were not complied with. BA are said to have advised Unite of the non-compliance and that any subsequent industrial action on the basis of that ballot would be unprotected as a result.
Unite has since given notice of a further ballot which is running between 1 and 28 March. Consequently, it seems this long-running and well-documented dispute between BA and its cabin crew is not going to disappear for a while, and that passengers can expect possible further strike action in the near future.
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