Lufthansa pilots have returned to work but BA cabin crew are set to strike.
February 23: Lufthansa pilots returned to work after one day’s strike action as the union Vereinigung Cockpit agreed to return to the negotiating table. However, Lufthansa says that “The consequences of the strike will lead to continued flight irregularities in the following days” but expects to return to full normal services by Friday, February 26.
Meanwhile in the UK British Airways (BA) cabin crews have voted to take industrial action in the re-ballot of staff following the flawed vote last December. Union Unite says that just over 80% of members who voted said “yes” to strike action over the dispute about BA’s imposed changes to crew numbers and working practices.
Announcing the ballot result, Unite assistant general secretary Len McCluskey said “With this overwhelming vote BA’s cabin crew have made clear that the deep sense of grievance they feel about their treatment by their employer remains. Meaningful negotiations are continuing at the Trade Unions Congress and bringing them to a successful conclusion is the only way to resolve this dispute. That is why we are not announcing dates for industrial action at this stage.”
BA responded by saying “The outcome of the ballot is very disappointing and brings a renewed threat of industrial action, which is completely unjustified. “We will not allow Unite to ruin this company. Should a strike take place, we will do everything we can to protect travel plans as far as possible.” BA plans to operate as many flights as possible by using other staff to cover for cabin crew. Travellers are advised to contact the airline once any strike date has been announced if their flight booking is affected.