March 12: Trade union Unite announced that British Airways’ cabin crews are to strike over the periods March 20 to 22 and 27 to 30 inclusive.
Unite’s Assistant General Secretary and lead negotiator with British Airways, Len McCluskey, said “Regrettably, [BA] management turned down a remarkable offer from the union which would have given the company everything it said it wanted while also meeting our members’ concerns.” He also said that a counter offer had been received from BA and that a ballot of cabin crew would be held, but that the union was “unable to recommend the offer” so strike dates have been set. “Should that ballot show a majority in favour of the company’s offer, then all the strike action announced today will of course be cancelled,” added McCluskey.
British Airways said that it was “extremely disappointed” over the planned strikes but that it would “do everything we can to protect our customers’ travel plans as far as possible” through working with other carriers and using other staff to cover where possible.
Unite added that if no resolution has been reached by April 14, another round of strikes would be called.