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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

FRESH WAVE OF BRITISH AIRWAYS STRIKES BY 'MIXED FLEET' LOWER PAID CABIN CREW FROM FRIDAY




IAGs' British Airways 'mixed fleet' category  cabin crew strikes from Friday
British Airways (a brand within the International Airlines Group -IAG) cabin crew are staging a another series of four strikes in their long-running dispute over pay. 

The Unite union claims its members at the airline were 'piling on the pressure' by walking out from February 22, on top of a four-day stoppage from the end of this week.

Members of the so-called 'mixed fleet', essentially newer employees,  claiming 'poverty' pay levels, have taken 11 days of industrial action so far this year in protest.

Making the point that strike action is expensive both for employees and the employer, Unite regional officer Matt Smith said: 'Every hour British Airways "wet leases" an aircraft from another airline to cover striking cabin crew it pays out £2,000 to £3,000 to that airline.

'Our estimates put the amount of money British Airways has spent on defending the dispute and poverty pay at £1million.
'This is money which the airline has taken a conscious decision to give to other airlines rather than addressing pay levels which are forcing hard-working mixed fleet cabin crew into financial hardship.

'We urge British Airways to reconsider its costly intransigence and enter talks at ACAS to reach an agreement.'


The two sides have clashed over pay rates, with Unite union pointing out that 'mixed fleet' cabin crew earned an average of £16,000 a year, including allowances, however BA insist  no one was paid below £21,000.

British Airways said all of its customers will fly to their destinations during the strikes from Friday.
All flights to and from London Gatwick and London City will operate as normal, as will the 'vast majority' of flights to and from London Heathrow.

The airline said in a statement: 'To enable all customers to travel we will be merging a very small number of flights at Heathrow - about 1% of total flights planned. We are contacting customers on those flights with the options available to them.

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