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BA cabin crew announce four new strike dates

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a fresh wave of four strikes. Credit: Steve Parsons PA

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a fresh wave of four strikes from February 22 in a dispute over pay, Unite union has announced.

Unite members are already planning a four-day walkout from February 17 and have held several previous stoppages in January and at the start of this month.

Members of the so-called mixed fleet have taken 11 days of action so far this year in protest at "poverty" pay. Unite said its members at the airline were "piling on the pressure" by striking repeatedly.

British Airways said all of its customers will fly to their destinations during the strikes from Friday. All flights to and from London Gatwick and London City will operate as normal, as will the "vast majority" of flights to and from London Heathrow.

Unite regional officer Matt Smith said it was costing BA thousands of pounds to cover for striking workers.

Our estimates put the amount of money British Airways has spent on defending the dispute and poverty pay at £1 million.

We would urge British Airways to reconsider its costly intransigence and enter talks at Acas and reach an agreement.

– Unite regional officer Matt Smith

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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."

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