Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2017
The air travellers are about to face another round of travel chaos as the cabin crews of British Airways and the members of the union ‘Unite’ have decided to call for another round of strike of six days in February, 2017.
The crew members of the British Airways’ Mixed Fleet operation have decided to stop working for two sets of three consecutive days. The strike will start on 5th February, Sunday and it will continue for three consecutive days, then the workers will take a break on Wednesday, 8th February. After that, the union members will start another round of strike on 9th February, Thursday; which will continue for three more days.
The crew members of the Mixed Fleet usually work on long-haul, domestic as well as European air travel routes from the Heathrow airport.
The national officer of Unite, Oliver Richardson has stated that rather than addressing poverty pay, British Airways is spending money hand over fist on chartering in aircraft to cover striking cabin crew and 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.
According to a spokesperson for British Airways, their pay offer for Mixed Fleet crew is consistent with deals agreed with Unite for other British Airways colleague and 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 their airline competitors.
The spokesperson has also informed that they have flown all customers to their destinations during the previous strikes by Mixed Fleet Unite and they will ensure this happens again.