Following the rejection of a 2% pay rise, Heathrow-based BA cabin crew members belonging to the Unite union will take strike action on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Unite says more than 2,000 workers, all having joined the airline since 2010, were balloted with 79% of those voting for strike action.
The situation involves about 4,000 staff who have joined the airline on Mixed Fleet contracts. Approximately 2,500 of them are members of the Unite union.
BA has described the move as “calculated” and “completely unnecessary” but says that its long-haul flights from Heathrow will not be disrupted and all its services from Gatwick and London City airports are unaffected.
It added that a will announce a contingency plan next week.