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Updated: July 20, 2010 20:51 IST

BA cabin crew reject company's latest offer

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British union Unite joint leader Tony Woodley addresses striking British Airways cabin crew near Heathrow Airport in London. File photo: AP.
British union Unite joint leader Tony Woodley addresses striking British Airways cabin crew near Heathrow Airport in London. File photo: AP.

The union representing British Airways cabin crew said on Tuesday that its members have rejected the company’s latest offer over pay and working conditions.

British Airways and Unite, which represents around 11,000 cabin crew, have been embroiled in a long—running, acrimonious dispute that has resulted in 22 days of strikes and cost the carrier millions of pounds (dollars).

BA’s offer included a payment to guarantee existing crew won’t lose out on route allowances, and guaranteed raises in basic pay for two years beginning in February.

Unite said their members had voted 3,419 to 1,686 against the latest offer, a result British Airways interpreted as showing a lack of support for the union.

“Such a low turnout raises serious questions for Unite and shows it does not have a clear mandate to reject our offer,” the company said in a statement. “We would urge them to come back to the table to sign the agreement and end the dispute.”

The union said it would meet with its members’ representatives to determine their next steps.

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