British Airways cabin crew have rejected the airline’s “final” pay offer, which raises the possibility of further industrial action. The union Unite, which represents 90 percent of BA’s 12,000 cabin crew, said 67 percent of its members voted against the revised offer.
British Airways warned its patience with unions representing striking cabin crew had been “exhausted”, at an annual meeting that saw chief executive Willie Walsh booed and heckled by shareholders and staff.
The long-running dispute between British Airways and its cabin crew could finally be drawing to a close after the Unite union postponed a strike ballot due tomorrow, and put an offer from the airline to its cabin crew members. BA heralded the move as “a genuine opportunity” to end the row that had threaten to cause further disruption over the summer holidays.
British Airways is facing further strikes by cabin crew after the latest talks with the Unite trade union failed to reach an agreement. This paves the way for another strike ballot, and if cabin crew vote for industrial action then a new wave of walk-outs could begin in the first week of August, the peak of the summer holidays.
Over 400 pilots at US carrier Spirit Airlines have gone on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management over pay and benefits. The five-day strike is due to end tomorrow and was called by the Air Line Pilots Association.
A new set of proposals to end the dispute between British Airways and the union representing its cabin crew has been unveiled by the arbitration service Acas. The two sides are expected to meet early this week in a bid to negotiate a settlement.
Nearly 400,000 people abandoned British Airways in May as strikes by cabin crew forced the airline to cancel hundreds of flights. Passenger numbers fell 14.2 percent to 2.3 million last month with economy revenues the worst hit.
The strike by British Airways cabin crew has entered a fourth day after fresh talks last night failed to reach an agreement. However the beleaguered airline has found an unlikely ally in Ryanair chief executive, Michael O’Leary, who praised its management for the handling of the dispute and its endeavours to break the union stranglehold.
British Airways cabin crew have started a fresh five-day strike as their dispute centred on pay, jobs and conditions continues. The walkout will coincide with half-term holidays, and could be followed by more action starting on 5 June.
Negotiations aimed at resolving the British Airways cabin crew dispute have been adjourned till tomorrow. Chief executive Willie Walsh met leaders of the cabin crew union Unite at a secret location last night in a renewed bid to reach a settlement. Barring a breakthrough, the next round of strikes will start on Sunday.
British Airways has underlined its defiance to break the cabin crew strikes by painting a ‘‘keep the flag flying’’ slogan across the fuselages of a number of its aircraft. Meanwhile the union Unite is calling for Willie Walsh to step aside in the negotiations in favour of the “more respected” Keith Williams, the airline’s chief financial officer.
Thousands of British Airways passengers have had trips cancelled or disrupted after cabin crew began a five-day strike. Many flights in and out of the Heathrow Airport, the airline’s main hub