Union suspends cabin crew ballot

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The Independent Online

A planned ballot of British Airways cabin crew to resolve their dispute with the airline has been suspended, dashing hopes of an end to the bitter row.

Unite had been due to ask its 11,000 members whether they wanted to accept a suggested deal, with voting expected to be held in the coming weeks. But leaders of the union's cabin crew branch decided earlier this week they could not support recommending the offer.

Unite's joint leader Tony Woodley said that any sense that the offer was being presented to cabin crew over the heads of "unwilling representatives" would be damaging to the union. "Under these circumstances I have suspended the ballot on the offer and will meet with all of our cabin crew representatives as a matter of urgency to consider the next steps," he said.