British Airways is set for a summer of strike action after Unite union announced members of the airline's cabin crew will strike for another two weeks from 2 August, after its current two-week walkout ends.
Members of BA's mixed fleet cabin crew are embroiled in a bitter dispute over pay, with today marking the 46th day of strike action in the row.
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The fresh action will take place immediately after the current walkouts running from today until midnight on 1 August, according to Unite.
For previous action, BA had struck a wet lease deal with Qatar Airways to use its aircraft and crew, saying all passengers had got to their destinations. Unite has also launched legal action against the government's go-ahead of the deal to wet lease nine aircraft, saying the lease breaches European regulations.
The strikes by staff in the so-called mixed fleet, who work on both long-haul and short-haul services, form part of a long-running dispute over pay. The union had said these members were paid less than other BA crew, and later that the airline had unlawfully sanctioned striking staff.
Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said:
Attempts by British Airways to bribe cabin crew into not striking with a £250 bung represents a crude attempt to sow division and will ultimately fail.
Covering cabin crew are perilously close to their legal flying times and could ultimately be pushed over the number of hours they are allowed to fly in the next 28 days.
Rather than spending money on crude bribes and millions on ‘wet’ leasing aircraft to defend its low pay and bullying behaviour, it’s time British Airways started talking about resolving this dispute which will further tarnish its brand.
BA said in a statement:
As during Unite's previous industrial action, we will ensure all our customers reach their destinations.
Instead of calling further completely unnecessary strikes, Unite should allow its members a vote on the pay deal we reached two months ago.
For previous action, the airline pledged to fly all customers to their destinations, saying "the vast majority of our services will be unaffected".
All flights to and from London Gatwick, London City and Stansted have operated as normal, along with the carrier's weekend only Mediterranean services to and from Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.
It has merged some Heathrow flights, but passengers affected were offered refunds or the option of being rebooked onto another flight.
British Airways' summer of strikes:
|Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July|
|Wednesday 19 July to Tuesday 1 August|
|Wednesday 2 August to Wednesday 16 August|