New Year strike threat for airline travellers4 December 2007
More than 3,000 cabin crew working for Virgin Atlantic have started balloting on industrial action in a wages dispute.
The result of the ballot, being conducted by Unite â€“ the union formed following the merger of the TGWU and Amicus â€“ will be announced on Dec 20.
If the Virgin crew vote for industrial action, a stoppage would be most likely to take place in January and could coincide with another proposed walkout by the 5,000 Unite members working for airport operators BAA.
They have threatened industrial action in protest at plans to axe the companyâ€™s final salary pension scheme for new staff.