Fresh Off One Walkout, BA Prepares for Another Strike

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Fresh Off One Walkout, BA Prepares for Another Strike

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Fresh Off One Walkout, British Airways Prepares for Another Strike
Rich Thomaselli
February 21, 2017

British Airways today was able to get through another walkout by cabin crew, this one for four days, but is bracing for a second scheduled strike starting on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The airline has been stung by “industrial actions” from its Unite union Mixed Fleet crew, which are crew members based at London’s Heathrow Airport who be assigned to any flight—domestic or international, short or long—but who make considerably less salary than permanent crews.

In this latest strike, which now brings the total to 11 days of walkouts so far this year by the Mixed Fleet, BA was able to charter planes and crew from other airlines to fill the void. That included England-based Thomas Cook Airways, which picked up some slack by flying back and forth from London to Manchester, and Qatar Airways, which is a code-share partner with British Airways and took on passengers flying between Doha and London.

READ MORE: Unite Union Plans Strike Against BA

Unite estimates that British Airways has spent more than £1 million on renting those planes and crew, money that could have been spent on a new deal. Unite has asked BA to submit to ACAS, Great Britain’s version of the United States’ National Labor Relations Board, to resolve the dispute.

Instead, according to the London paper The Independent, the airline has threatened crew members involved in the labor action that it will lose two years of travel perks as well as bonuses for 2016 and 2017 unless the strikes stop.

A BA spokesperson told the paper: “We want to encourage our colleagues to come to work and therefore have repeatedly explained the consequences of taking strike action to them.”

At dispute is the pay structure. Unite says new cabin crew recruits start at around £12,000; British Airways says that allowances and bonuses actually raise the pay to £21,000.

Unless a miracle happens, in less than 48 hours, crew members are walking out on another four-day strike.

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