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(From Guardian Unlimited)
British Airways boss Willie Walsh has urged passengers to make Christmas bookings with the airline - despite the growing threat of a crippling cabin crew strike during the festive season.
Walsh said trade union warnings of industrial action were premature and the airline was still prepared to hold discussions despite the carrier's largest union, Unite, launching a strike ballot. Asked if potential customers should buy BA tickets for Christmas travel, he said: "Yes. Talk of a strike is premature and there is a long way to go. Unite has indicated that it wants to work with BA, cabin crew have indicated that they recognise change is necessary. …