Unite members to stage week long strike at British Airways from Friday

Unite members to stage week long strike at British Airways from Friday

Members of Unite working as cabin crew for British Airways mixed fleet have announced a further round of strikes.

Cabin crew in the mixed fleet will walk out for seven days from Friday as part of their on-going pay dispute, taking the total number of strike days to 26.

The latest round of strikes involving long and short haul flights out of Heathrow will run for seven days from 00:01 on Friday, March 3rd to 23:59 on March 9th. 

Over the course of the dispute strike action has led to the cancellation of flights and the airline wet leasing aircraft from other airlines.

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Commenting Unite national officer, Oliver Richardson, said: “Striking mixed fleet cabin crew continue to demonstrate their determination to achieve a fair deal on pay in the face of British Airways’ bully boy tactics.

“We would urge British Airways to meet Unite at Acas to resolve this dispute, as it claims to want to, and enable us to cancel these further damaging strike days.”

Since 2010 all British Airways new cabin crew employees join the mixed fleet where Unite claims basic pay starts at just £12,192 with £3 an hour flying pay.

Unite estimates that on average mixed fleet cabin crew earn £16,000, including allowances, a year.

In a statement BA said: “We have flown all customers to their destinations during the previous strikes by mixed fleet Unite and we will ensure this happens again.

“Our pay offer for mixed fleet crew is consistent with the deal accepted by 92 per cent of colleagues across the airline, most of whom are represented by Unite.

“It also reflects pay awards given by other companies in the UK and will ensure that rewards for mixed dleet remain in line with those for cabin crew at our airline competitors.”