by Hunter R. Slaton | December 16, 2009

The British union Unite announced Monday that its British Airways cabin-crew members would strike for 12 days, from Tuesday, Dec. 22, until Saturday, Jan. 2, disrupting holiday travel. More than 90 percent of the 12,000 cabin-crew members who voted on the issue were in favor of the strike. According to Unite, "The dispute was triggered by the imposition in November by [British Airways] of new working practices, which would see between one and three crew members taken off flights," along with other grievances related to working arrangements and payment structures. In a statement, British Airways responded to Unite's threat by asserting that a 12-day strike over Christmas and New Year's "would be completely unjustified and a huge over-reaction to the modest changes we have announced for cabin crew, which are intended to help us recover from record financial losses." As of yesterday, British Airways was attempting to avoid the strike by pointing out alleged irregularities in the union's strike ballot, as well as seeking an injunction against the action.