Unite moves towards strike action at British Airways “with immediate effect”

Unite is gearing up for industrial action at British Airways.

The union’s patience appears to be running out after a high profile campaign against the firm’s plans to fire and re-hire staff, making up to 12,000 workers redundant.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey yesterday wrote to BA chief executive Alex Cruz saying: “You have now published a timetable to fire and rehire thousands of your workforce on 7 August. We will work every hour between now and then to convince you not to do so.

“You can take this letter as our commitment to do that. However, you can also take this as an intention to defend our members by moving towards industrial action with immediate effect.”

The union’s campaign has the support of MPs who have placed political pressure on the airline to rethink. A survey earlier this month showed 70% of the public backed tough action against the airline. Unite members have been lobbying MPs and big business around the UK. They have also travelled overseas to put commercial pressure on airline bosses to change their mind.

Pilots’ union BALPA is currently balloting members over the airline’s plans to fire and rehire pilots.

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