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British Airways cabin crew launch fresh wave of strikes

BA said all its passengers will be able to fly to their destinations despite the strike. Credit: Yui Mok / PA

British Airways cabin crew will launch a fresh wave of strikes on Sunday in a dispute over pay.

Members of Unite will walk out for three days and will strike for a further three days from Thursday.

BA said all its passengers will be able to fly to their destinations despite the industrial action, with just a few short haul Heathrow flights having to be merged.

The workers are in BA's so-called mixed fleet, who have joined the airline since 2010. They claim to be on "poverty pay", saying some are forced to take second jobs.

The strikers will mount picket lines near Heathrow Airport.

This will mean some customers will travel slightly earlier or later in the day than originally booked. We are contacting those customers with the options available to them.

Our pay offer for mixed fleet cabin crew is consistent with deals agreed with more than 90% of British Airways colleagues, including many Unite members.

– British Airways statement

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said the airline should "start valuing its staff".

He added: "British Airways needs to stop defending some of the lowest basic salaries in the airline industry and start addressing pay levels, which are forcing mixed fleet cabin crew into debt and second jobs to make ends meet."


British Airways long-haul flights still on amid strikes

British Airways long-haul flights will not be cancelled during the strike Credit: PA

British Airways will operate all its long-haul services from Heathrow during a 72-hour cabin crew strike starting on Thursday.

And the airline will only be forced to cancel 1% of its short-haul flights when the walk-out, over so-called "poverty pay," begins.

Members of Unite are set to walk out for three days amid "continuing and deepening" anger among members of the so-called mixed fleet crew, who have joined BA since 2010.

Unite claims they are on "poverty" pay rates, with many forced to take on second jobs or turn up for shifts if they are sick because they cannot afford to be off ill.


BA cabin crew Christmas strike called off

British Airways cabin crew had planned to go on strike over Christmas. Credit: PA

Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended, the Unite union has said.

Members were due to walk out in a dispute over pay.

The union said workers employed in the so-called mixed crew - who have joined since 2010 - were on lower pay than other staff.

Lengthy talks at conciliation service Acas have led to a revised offer which will be put to a ballot of union members

Talks aimed at averting BA cabin crew strike to resume

British Airways cabin crew could strike on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Credit: PA

Talks aimed at averting strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day will resume on Thursday.

Unite leader Len McCluskey and other union officials spent a second day meeting the company under the chairmanship of the conciliation service Acas, before talks were adjourned at 12.30am.

A spokesman said the union continued to pursue progress in the dispute, seeking an improvement on the "poverty pay" of cabin crew employed in the so-called mixed fleet.

BA says it will run a full service on both days even if the strikes by Unite members go ahead.

The talks come as the pre-Christmas bout of industrial unrest rumbles on, with workers who deliver cash to Post Offices striking on Thursday and Friday.

Members of the Communication Workers Union will walk out as part of a campaign against job losses, the closure of a final salary pension scheme and closures.

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