Cabin crew workers from British Airways are set to stage a second strike.
March 26: Cabin crew workers from British Airways are set to stage a second strike within a week with a walk-out between March 27 and 30 inclusive.
Unite, the union representing the cabin crew, says it is “working night and day to find a way to reach a decent agreement with British Airways to bring this dispute to a speedy resolution”. In a statement it has also criticised the airline for docking strikers’ pay and has resolved to pay staff affected from its own funds.
British Airways says it is set to fly 180,000 customers booked to travel over the strike period, almost 75% of its original bookings. Other passengers have been re-booked with other airlines.
Willie Walsh, British Airways’ Chief Executive, said “I am delighted that we will be able to fly such a large proportion of our customers to their chosen destinations in the coming days. The vast majority of British Airways staff, including thousands of cabin crew, are pulling together to serve our customers and keep our flag flying.”
BA says it will fly a full normal schedule from Gatwick and London City airports, 70% of its long-haul services from Heathrow and 55% of its short-haul from London’s main airport.