…….Crew in the lower-paid mixed fleet working out of Heathrow extend action to cover 16-30 August including bank holiday weekend
British Airways cabin crew will strike for a further two weeks in August, including over the bank holiday weekend, in a long-running dispute over pay and staff sanctions.
“We would urge British Airways to start treating our members fairly and drop the bullying tactics to avoid the escalating cost and disruption that continued industrial and legal action brings.”
A spokeswoman for the airline said it was committed to flying all its customers to their destinations, by merging departures, leasing planes and crew from outside, and rebooking passengers on to other airlines.
She said: “More than three months ago Unite agreed that our pay deal was acceptable but have since refused to ballot their members on it. Last week we took the significant step of offering to return staff travel to the crew who had been on strike, which was the biggest outstanding issue in the dispute, in order to bring the dispute to an end. “Unite has now chosen to reject this offer and call yet more strikes.”
On Wednesday BA apologized for a temporary problem with its check-in systems that caused long queues and delays at Heathrow and Gatwick. The disruption came about two months after more than 670 flights were canceled because of a power failure over the spring bank holiday weekend.
The latest strike action signals more disruption for holidaymakers at a time when British passengers flying to and from continental Europe have been told to expect long queues at passport control because of tougher security checks