BA cabin crew plans two-week walkout

Unite Union representing British Airways’ mixed cabin crew fleet; has announced plans to stage a two-week strike in the beginning of July in a long-running dispute over pay as well as travel concessions.

The strike is planned to start at 00:01 on Saturday July 1 and last until 23:59 on Sunday July 16. Although it is unclear which flights exactly will be affected; Johannesburg is one of BA’s long-haul mixed fleet routes from Heathrow.

As with previous strikes, BA has vowed it will fly all its customers to their destination. The airline said: “Strike action is completely unnecessary. We had reached a deal on pay, which Unite’s national officers agreed was acceptable. We urge Unite to put the pay proposal to a vote to their members.”

However; the union also said it will “vigorously” pursue legal action against the airline on behalf of 1 400 cabin crew; who say they were “sanctioned” for taking previous strike action. The union accused BA of drawing up a “blacklist” to impose sanctions on striking cabin crew, including cutting bonus payments and removing staff travel concessions.

BA cabin crew plans two-week walkout