The British union Unite, which represents around 12,000 cabin crew members at British Airways has asked the British Courts to rule whether or not the airline can reduce cabin crew levels without talking to labor representatives. Unite says that cabin crew levels are covered in contracts and the airline needs to reach an agreement with the union. A British Airways statement said that cabin crews levels were not included in individual contracts and it has every right to reduce levels. Unite started polling members about the possibility of a strike after an earlier vote was declared invalid by a judge. The new ballot is scheduled to conclude after Feb. 25.
See James Lumley and Steven Rothwell, Bloomberg News, February 1, 2010