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British Airways Cabin Crew To Go Out On Strike

By Jim Douglas

May 12, 2010 - British Airways cabin crew are to hold a further 20 days of strike action following their overwhelming rejection of the company’s offer in a ballot last week, Unite the union announced Monday.

British Airways Cabin Crew union, Unite has reported BA management failed to offer any new proposals to settle the dispute over the weekend, so crew are to take strike action on the following days:  May 18-22 inclusive, May 24-28 inclusive, May 30-June 3 inclusive and June 5-9 inclusive.

Unite’s joint general secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley said: “Passengers and investors alike will be dismayed that British Airways' management rejected an approach by the union over the weekend, after their offer had been comprehensively turned down by their own employees.


“Cabin crew are left with no choice but to take further strike action. There can be no industrial peace without meaningful negotiations and while management victimizes trade unionists and uses disciplinary procedures in a witch-hunt. The seven days notice period is sufficient time for BA management to do the sensible thing and reopen meaningful negotiations.”

Unite is also intending to hold a further industrial action ballot of BA cabin crew over issues which have arisen from the company’s conduct during the dispute. British Airways has reported it “is saddened but not surprised that Unite has announced further plans for extensive disruption for potentially hundreds of thousands of our customers over a busy period that includes the May half-term holidays.

“This decision has no semblance of justification. Unite’s officials continue to operate in their own world, showing callous disregard for our customers and their own members in all parts of our airline. We have made a very fair offer, which meets the concerns the union raised during 14 months of negotiations and also ensures that our crew remain the best rewarded in the UK airline industry. That offer remains available.

“We are confident that many crew will again ignore Unite’s pointless strike call and support the efforts of the rest of the airline to keep our customers flying. Due to the excellent levels of support we have received from cabin crew based at Gatwick, all flights to and from Gatwick will continue to operate as normal. Flights at London City will also be unaffected.


“At Heathrow we plan to operate a substantial part of our long haul schedule and there will be a number of daily flights to every destination across our short haul network. We are speaking to a number of carriers about leasing in extra aircraft to support our short haul schedule and also obtaining thousands of seats from other airlines to help our customers rebook if their original flight is cancelled. We will give more details four or five days before the strike is due to begin when we will announce the exact details of our revised Heathrow schedule.

Commenting on the decision by Unite to announce further strike action by British Airways cabin crew, Jim McAuslan, General Secretary of the pilots' union BALPA (British Airline Pilots' Association) said:

"Today's announcement of further strikes in BA is disappointing given the continuing uncertainty in our industry caused by volcanic ash and an economy emerging from recession. Even at this late stage we call on both sides to work together to find a solution and BALPA stands ready to offer any help it can to achieve that.

"Pilots are not in dispute with the company, having already agreed an annual savings plan of £25 million per year and seen this overwhelmingly endorsed in a membership ballot. BA pilots, like other groups in the airline, have made a sacrifice to help BA through economic difficulties which have been made worse, of course, by the additional problems of volcanic ash. We feel it is for all groups within BA to make a contribution.

"Pilots will be working normally throughout any strike and will ensure that a professional service is maintained. Pilot representatives will be meeting later this week to review this worsening position which has the potential to sour working relations between BA and its cabin crew for years to come."  (see British Airways Cabin Crew Vote To Strike)

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