BA calls in temps after strike threat

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British Airways has appointed the Manpower recruitment agency to employ hundreds of casual labour workers to cover any possible strike action taken by disgruntled staff. The airline is currently embroiled in two separate industrial disputes on pay restructuring and long haul flight catering contracts. Any strike action, likely to start in mid-July, could severely disrupt the peak holiday season.

A spokesman for BAsaid the company "obviously must ensure contingency plans" are in place to protect customers' interests. It has asked the agency to employ 600 staff for aircraft ramp operations at Heathrow airport.