Published on : Friday, January 13, 2017
A group of British Airways cabin crew will strike again next week in an ongoing pay dispute, the trade Union Unite has announced today. More than 2,900 cabin crew will walk out for 72 hours from January 19, after two days of industrial action this week.
British Airways “mixed fleet” cabin crew, make up around 15 percent of BA’s total cabin staff. Crew who serve as part of BA’s mixed fleet, who have poorer terms and conditions than some Longer-serving staff, rejected a pay offer shortly before Christmas and staged a 48 hour strike earlier this week which caused the cancellation of some 40 flights from Heathrow.
The airline has already cancelled 80 flights in a single day because of poor weather on Thursday. Union members in BA’s “mixed fleet” operations stopped work on Tuesday and Wednesday, causing 48 flights to be cancelled.
The pattern of cancellations is likely to be the same as before: about 3 per cent of BA’s daily schedule, with mainly short-haul flights affected. Crew at Gatwick and London City are not involved in the dispute, and most routes from Heathrow are not crewed by Mixed Fleet.
The staff involved in the dispute were all recruited following the end of the bitter cabin crew dispute in 2010, and are employed on inferior terms to longer-serving staff.
Olive Richardson, Union’s national officer said that, they would urge to British Airways to avoid the inconvenience and disruption of industrial action by meaningfully addressing levels of poverty pay which are causing financial worry and distress.
Unite claimed the first stoppage was “strongly supported”. But BA said, more than 70 per cent of Mixed Fleet cabin crew ignored the strike call and reported for work as normal.
BA in a statement said that, they have spent many days in negotiation and agreed a deal with Unite’s general secretary, Len McCluskey, before Christmas. But the Mixed Fleet Unite branch refused to recommend it and said it had been rejected on the basis of an online poll that lacked control over who voted and how many times an individual could vote.