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May 10, 2010    

BA cabin crew to strike again next week

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by Kay Murchie

The Unite union has today announced cabin crew members at British Airways (BA) will strike for four separate five-day strikes in May and June.

The further industrial action comes after Unite members rejected a fresh deal for cabin crew earlier this month.

Unite said 81% of the cabin crew it represents voted against BA’s offer last week, which sought to resolve the long-running dispute over cost-cutting measures, which include a pay freeze and a switch to part-time working for thousands of staff.

According to Unite, cabin crew will walk out 18-22 May, 24-28 May, 30 May - 3 June and 5-9 June.

The latest set of strikes will see staff walk out for a total of 20 days and cover the spring bank holiday and school half-term holidays.

The airline has admitted in the past that it is fighting for its survival and said the cost-cutting programme is part of a strategy to reduce salary costs.

Cabin crew staged a walkout back in March, which was said to cost the airline £45 million and the airline has faced further disruption due to the ash from the Icelandic volcano, which has cost it an additional £180 million.

In a statement, Unite’s joint general secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley said: “There can be no industrial peace without meaningful negotiations and while management victimises 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,” they added.

Meanwhile, not only will the strikes bring further travel chaos for many passengers, the Met Office has warned that the volcanic ash cloud may return to UK airspace in the next few days, causing more misery for passengers.

The ash cloud resulted in thousands of flights being cancelled last month for safety reasons and it is set to have a devastating affect on the airline industry.

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  1. After the unprecedented turmoil of the ash cloud (which isnt over yet) you would expect people to make certain sacrifices for the communal good. But not the BA cabin crew they must be the most selfish self centred bunch of arrogant waiters and waitresses in the whole country. Mr Walsh the British people are shocked that at this time the cabin crew could call a strike. If you back down and re-instate the perks of one single striker, we will never fly BA again, Good Luck

    Comment by bob — May 11, 2010 @ 5:56 am

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