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British Airways Strike More Strikes

Update 20th May

I'm sorry i can't bring you better news, but next weeks strikes are still going ahead after a panel of judges overturned a ban on industrial action. BA was granted an injunction on Monday after the High Court ruled that the Unite union had not reported results of its strike ballot correctly to members. Unite's success means a series of five-day strikes could start on Monday unless an agreement can be found.

More information at www.BBC.co.uk

 

Update 10th May

The British Airways cabin crew union, Unite, has announced fresh strike dates in its long-running dispute with the airline.
Cabin crew will walk out for four separate five-day strikes in May and June.


The first strike will begin on 18 May, ending on 22 May, with the three further strikes beginning on 24 May, 30 May and 5 June.

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Update Tuesday 30th March

As the second BA strike nears its end tonight, BA have said that almost 75% of flights were operated. There are no more stikes planned at the moment but neither is there any resolution of the dispute between BA and the Unite union..talks are continuing but Unite have not ruled out more strikes after Easter.

Update Monday 15th March

Strikes dates have now been announced by the union Unite.

20th, 21st & 22nd March

27th - 30th March

There will be no strikes during the school Easter holidays, but there could still be delays caused by the knock-on effect of these strikes.

The union has also said that their may be more strikes in April if an agreement is not reached.

The strikes were called "unjustified and deplorable" by Prime Minister Gorden Brown, today.

Information for passengers affected by the strikes can be found on the BA webite:

A message from BA CEO, Willie Walsh to passengers

 

Update Tuesday 9th March

British Airways will respond tomorrow to a last-minute deal tabled by the Unite union in an effort to head off a cabin crew strike in the run-up to Easter, according to sources close to the negotiations.

The union’s negotiating team presented BA with a plan which it said would save £60 million pounds a year from the company’s cabin crew bill and the airline asked for talks to be extended until midday to consider the proposals.

The Unite offer includes an existing pay freeze, which it says would save BA £2 million a year, a future cut in cabin crew pay up to January next year, which it says would save £7 million, and a reduction in crew numbers that would deliver “further substantial savings”.

The Union have ruled out strikes over the Easter School Holidays which are the first 2 weeks of April, which will put many passengers minds at rest, although any stikes before could still cause knock-on delays for Easter.

 

Thursday 4th March

 

British Airways is digging in for a long strike by cabin crew, boss Willie Walsh admitted on Wednesday (3rd March).

 

The union Unite must disclose strike dates by 15 March at the latest, and give 7 days notice of the date of any walkout to begin.

 

If strike dates are announced over the next week it will be the second attempted walkout by BA's 12,000 Unite-affiliated cabin crew in over two months.

 

But British Airways has trained 1,000 volunteers, including pilots, as stand-in cabin crew and has another 5,000 waiting to be trained if the airline’s 13,000 stewards and stewardesses walk out.

BA said they had also struck deals with charter firms to carry BA passengers in the event of a strike. Mr Walsh told staff at a meeting at Heathrow: “Let there be no doubt. A strike will not ground this airline.” He later emailed all staff with the same message.

The row was triggered by loss-making BA’s decision to cut the number of cabin crew on flights

 


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