The chief executive of Qantas Airways has accused pilots of threatening the future of the Australian flag carrier. Alan Joyce said he refused to give in to “outrageous” pay demands of pilots, who are poised to take their first strike action in 45 years following the collapse of negotiations last week.
Holiday plans for thousands could be thrown into chaos after pilots from Virgin Atlantic agreed to ballot for a strike in July. The planned action by up to 750 pilots will hit key long-haul routes during the school summer holidays.
A British Airways cabin steward was fired for threatening to poison a strike-breaking pilot’s food, an employment tribunal has heard.
Union leaders have called for British Airways cabin crew to hold off from strikes over the Easter and Royal Wedding holidays, raising hopes of a final settlement in the long-running dispute. The two sides said that a 28-day extension had been agreed to allow for further talks, and that lasting peace was essential for the good of both parties.
France and Britain are preparing for a week of strike disruption as public sector workers in both countries stage separate walk-outs. French airspace will close should air traffic controllers decide to strike. Two key meetings are also being held today which could decide if British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will face strike action this autumn.
Air passengers face the threat of further chaos after news that Virgin Atlantic pilots could be planning a strike over a holiday entitlement dispute.
ACAS hosted talks between British Airways and Unite aimed at ended the industrial dispute between the two sides have ended without agreement in London. However, hopes of a potential deal were raised, with the two sides agreeing to meet again next week.
British Airways has posted a £164 million loss for the last quarter as the cabin crew strikes and volcanic ash cloud cost the flag carrier an estimated £250 million. It has also emerged that its cabin crew are plotting a 12-day strike over Christmas as their next weapon in the long-running dispute.
The trade union Unite has thrown a spanner into the works of its ongoing negotiations with British Airways by announcing plans to mount legal action over the airline’s removal of travel concessions from cabin crew who went on strike.
Millions of airline passengers could face severe disruption at the UK’s largest airports during the August bank holiday weekend after the trade union Unite announced a strike ballot of key BAA staff.
Travellers to Spain have been warned to expect a summer of disruption as air traffic controllers stage a series of strikes over working conditions, despite some earning up to €1m per annum.