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Is British Airways breaking the Unite union?

There is concern within the union movement that British Airways has highlighted a number of cracks between Unite union members as the second British Airways strike gets underway. Despite the fact that the unions had hoped to bring the company to a standstill, British Airways believes that around 66% of scheduled flight will take off as normal during the strike period and it believes that more cabin crew will report for duty than worked during the last strike.

A spokeswoman for the company confirmed that 55% of short haul flights will operate as normal and 70% of long haul flights will show no impact from the strike. While there is no doubt that the strike activity is impacting upon the reputation and indeed the finances of British Airways there is also no doubt that cracks are starting to appear at the Unite union. Whether British Airways has set out to break the union is debatable but bearing in mind the difficult economic situation we are in today it appears that more and more British Airways cabin crew are concerned about their long-term future.

We have also seen a number of announcements from British Airways regarding travel perks which will be taken away from those who participate in strike activity - the company also confirmed that these perks are non-contractual.

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