British Airways cabin crew have ruled out a strike over the Easter holiday period, ahead of a new ballot on industrial action.

The Unite union, which represents BA flight attendants, was forced by a court to abandon a strike plan last month. That strike had been set to take place during the Christmas holiday, a decision which attracted harsh criticism from the airline and the public.

With the Easter period approaching, Unite appears to have taken note of the possibility of a similar backlash and opted to avoid disrupting the holiday.

"I want to make it abundantly clear that, if industrial action receives the required mandate from the members and strike action is made necessary by continuing management intransigence, we will not call such action over the Easter holiday period," says Unite assistant general secretary Len McCluskey.

He claims it was "never the intention" to call industrial action over Easter. Unite's ballot, which opens on 25 January, will close on 22 February.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news