BRITISH Airways has suspended 15 cabin crew over reports of intimidation relating to comments posted online, it was reported today.
The airline is currently in a dispute with the union, Unite, over schedules. Unite is threatening a walk-out and is currently re-balloting its 12,000 members to strike.
The verdict is due on February 22 and if industrial action does go ahead it will be on March 1.
It appears British Airways came across a chatroom on the Unite union's website and deemed the language in some of the comments to amount to "intimidation", Sky News reported.
The comments are thought to relate to the signing of the ballot for strike action.
The airline said it has taken steps to suspend crew that it knows have posted or it suspects have posted the comments in question on there.
British Airways said: "We will not tolerate intimidation of staff and any reports of staff being threatened will be thoroughly investigated.
"The company has contacted Unite regarding inappropriate comments posted on a union website and has asked it to assist in removing the postings and identifying the individuals who are involved."