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Published on : Thursday, July 6, 2017
Members of Unite working for BA’s Mixed Fleet operation are still continuing their sixteen-day strike and will continue till 16 July. After the only two days of normal working in July, the strike will resume on Wednesday 19 July and continue to Tuesday 1 August. It will cover key dates for families travelling abroad on holiday.
Oliver Richardson, Unite’s national officer said that the announcement of a further escalation underlines the determination of the members in their fight for better pay and against British Airways’ bullying behaviour. According to him, British Airways’ strike has seen strong support. “The time and money British Airways is spending on wet leasing aircraft and bullying striking cabin crew are resources which could easily settle this dispute.”
“It’s high time British Airways stopped spending millions defending low pay and its bullying approach by negotiating a settlement to this long running dispute.”
The airline has hired planes and crew from Qatar Airways, which owns one-fifth of BA’s parent company, IAG. Due to the ban on Qatari airlines flying to the UAE, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, the aircraft and crew would otherwise be idle at present.
A BA spokesperson said: “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.”
In practice, that means there will be some cancellations, with passengers on affected flights offered a range of options, including a refund, re-routing or re-booking on a different service.
Since the start of the strike, the airline’s Heathrow-Doha service has not operated.
Unite has launched legal action against the Government’s decision to approve the use of Qatar Airways planes stating that it is against the European regulations.