Over 80 British Airways UK based cabin crew have been suspended and 13 sacked because of incidents related to an ongoing bitter dispute which Julian Bray, Independent Aviation Expert suggests will erupt into more strikes in the next few months, possibly disrupting the Christmas and Winter Sun/Skiing Holiday periods.
A Unite union spokesman commented: ''The continuing rise in the number of unjustified suspensions and dismissals is seriously complicating attempts to bring this dispute to an end.''
BA countered suggesting the vast majority of suspended staff were now back at work, although over 13 have had their employment terminated for ''serious cases of misconduct'', but the sackings are still subject to appeal. Reports suggest that most of the suspensions relate to allegations from other employees of bullying and intimidation. "It would be a dereliction of our duty of care as an employer to ignore these. Investigations into any allegations are conducted subject to the company's disciplinary procedures, which have been in place for many years, are considered fair, open and transparent. The process is full agreed with all our trade unions, including Unite,'' said a BA spokesman.