British Airways cabin crew set to stage two-week strike in July

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a two-week strike in a long-running dispute over pay and travel concessions, trade union Unite has announced.

Members of the union in BA’s so-called mixed fleet will stage a walk-out running from 12.01am on Saturday 1 July to 11.59pm on Sunday 16 July.

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.

The union accused BA of drawing up a blacklist to impose sanctions, including cutting bonus payments and removing staff travel concessions.

Last week, Unite suspended a planned four-day walk-out that had been due to start on Friday, in a bid to resolve the dispute through fresh talks.

But it accused BA of failing to send key decision makers to the talks at conciliation service Acas and set a noon deadline for the carrier to accept its “final compromise position”.

Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett said: “The refusal by British Airways bosses to meaningfully consider our compromise offer is deeply disappointing.

“It now means British Airways faces an entirely avoidable two-week strike and prolonged legal action on behalf of over 1,400 mixed cabin crew.”

BA has already faced 26 days of strike action since the beginning of January.

The airline said in a statement that it would fly all customers to their destinations, as with previous periods when Unite had called mixed fleet strikes.

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.

The announcement of the strike comes a day after the airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group, revealed it was facing an £80m hit after a system failure last month saw more than 700 flights cancelled.


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