British Airways cabin crew vote to strike over low pay

Thousands of British Airways (BA) workers have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a row over pay, a move that is likely to disrupt a large number of flights over the Christmas holiday season.

On Wednesday, over 2,000 of the airline’s cabin crew voted 4 to 1 in favor of a walkout at London’s Heathrow Airport, which could begin as early as December 21, the Unite union said without mentioning the exact date.

According to Unite, workers who joined the airline in 2010 are getting paid less than the rest of the staff.

The action came after the cabin crew rejected a 2-percent raise in their salaries, which Unite said were supposed to be between £21,000 and £25,000 annually but, in reality, started at just over £12,000 plus £3 an hour flying pay.

The turnout for the vote was 60 percent, of which 79 percent voted for the strike, Unite added, noting that the airline would get seven days notice of strike once the dates are finalized.

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