BA cabin crew to stage two-week strike from July 1

Brunilde Fioravanti
Giugno 19, 2017

British Airways does not accept that figure, and says that the lowest-paid full-time member of cabin crew earned over £21,000 past year.

The Unite union announced on Friday that so-called "mixed fleet" crew members would walk out from July 1 to 16 following the latest breakdown in pay talks with the company.

It described the action as "extreme and completely unnecessary", saying it had reached a deal with the union on pay and urging the union's members to vote on the proposals.

Sanctions have included cabin crew seeing bonus payments worth hundreds of pounds taken away and the removal of staff travel concessions.

Last week Unite suspended a planned four-day strike, which had been due to start today, "in a bid to resolve the dispute through fresh talks".

"It now means British Airways faces an entirely avoidable two week strike and prolonged legal action", Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said.

"A resolution to this long-running dispute was within the grasp of BA, but instead of grabbing that opportunity, bosses rebuffed it".

The union said the airline would not accept its "final compromise position" regarding a row over the sanctioning of striking cabin crew. Unite has already confirmed it is pursuing the non-pay issues in this dispute through the courts.

"We would urge British Airways' bosses to come to their senses and think again".

"It was a awful experience for many of our customers and we are truly sorry", Walsh said in Madrid, adding that "BA passengers will be compensated as soon as possible".

Unite also said it would pursue legal action against the airline on behalf of 1,400 cabin crew who say they were sanctioned for taking previous strike action.

To date, there have been 26 days of strike action since the beginning of January in the long-running row over pay. Unite says the average Mixed Fleet employee earns £16,000 annually.

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