British Airways is facing strikes this summer after ground staff and flight attendants backed industrial action in a pay dispute.

Unite, which represents 16,000 workers at the airline, said it won a 97 percent majority in a compromise vote.

The threat of ongoing cancellations and delays, caused by staff shortages following the pandemic, has plagued many airlines and airports.

Unite said that the disruption was “self-inflicted” and caused by the Covid layoffs.

“For anyone who has flown on British Airways recently, this overwhelming vote of consent should come as no surprise,” a spokesman said.

“British Airways management can no longer ignore the widespread discontent in their own workforce, the way they have ignored the needs of their own customers.

“Despite BA demanding hundreds of millions of pounds from the government, thousands of experienced staff have been laid off and simply not replaced. The current self-inflicted shortage of check-in staff, baggage handlers, baggage handlers and flight attendants means that instead of soaring, BA’s return to the skies faces a folding landing. rapids. ”

Unite said the outcome of the consultative vote means it can now proceed to a full vote if negotiations fail.

A BA spokesman said: “This is not a vote for industrial action, and while not surprising given the problems across the transport sector, it is disappointing. .

“After two years of profound hardship that left the business in excess of £4 billion, we are still offering to pay our colleagues this year.

In addition, Ryanair could face offensive action by its Spanish crew later this month and into July.

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