Unite says British Airways cabin crews will stage six more days of strikes in February

 
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British Airways cabin crews are planning to strike on six days next month (Source: Getty)

British Airways cabin crews will strike on six more days in February, Unite announced today, in a dispute over what the union describes as "poverty pay".

Industrial action is planned for the 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 February, and has been decided upon after workers wrote to BA, urging the airline to resume negotiations, the union said.

"Rather than addressing poverty pay, British Airways is spending money hand over fist on chartering in aircraft to cover striking cabin crew," said Unite national office Oliver Richardson.

"If it can afford to waste money in such a manner then British Airways can clearly afford to address pay levels which are among the lowest in the industry.

"We would urge British Airways to wake up to the determination of our members, who contribute massively to the billions of pounds in profits the airline generates, and get around the negotiating table to resolve the dispute and avoid a further six days of costly strike action."

The airline's cabin staff staged a 72-hour walkout earlier this month, as part of an ongoing dispute over pay.

"British Airways should be under no illusion about our members’ determination to secure a settlement that addresses their concerns over poverty pay," Richardson said at the time.

Meanwhile, a two-day walkout at Heathrow was held by members of the union on 10 and 11 January.

Unite had previously called off a two day strike at Heathrow which was planned to take place over Christmas and Boxing Day.

A BA spokesperson said: We have flown all customers to their destinations during the previous strikes by Mixed Fleet Unite and we will ensure this happens again.

"We will publish more details on Tuesday once we have finalised our contingency plans in relation to the strikes called for February 5-7. On Thursday, we will publish more details in relation to the second strike period, February 9-11.

"Our pay offer for mixed fleet crew is consistent with deals agreed with Unite for other British Airways colleagues. It also reflects pay awards given by other companies in the UK and will ensure that rewards for mixed fleet remain in line with those for cabin crew at our airline competitors."

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