Cabin crew at British Airways to stage 14-day strike in pay dispute
Workers have already taken 46 days of strike action in one of the longest-running disputes in the aviation industry.
Members of British Airways’ mixed fleet cabin crew will strike for a further 14 days from August 2 after a current 14-day walkout ends, in a dispute over pay.
The new action by members of Unite means the cabin crew will have been on strike for four weeks, showing a “deepening resolve” to win their campaign, said the union.
The workers have already taken 46 days of strike action in what is becoming one of the longest-running disputes in the aviation industry.
Unite claimed that cabin crew who are covering for striking workers would be getting “perilously close” to their legal number of flying hours.
National officer Oliver Richardson said: “Attempts by British Airways to bribe cabin crew into not striking with a £250 bung represent a crude attempt to sow division and will ultimately fail.
“Such actions by British Airways will only serve to deepen the resolve of our members and the support they are receiving from the public and politicians.
“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.”
Unite has launched legal action against the Government’s decision to give the go-ahead to the “wet lease” of nine Airbus aircraft from Qatar Airways during the strike.