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Article from BTNews 24 JULY 2017

BA strike escalates again

The dispute between British Airways and members of its mixed-crew cabin staff who belong to the Unite union worsened last week after a further 14-day walk-out was called for next month.

The strikers are already on a 14-day stoppage which began last Wednesday just days after a 16-day walk-out. The new escalation means the dispute is now scheduled to drag on until at least 15 August.

The dispute has already led to 46 days of strike action, making it one of the longest-running in the aviation industry. The new action means the cabin crew will have been on strike for four weeks.

BA at the weekend was sticking to its previous announcements that “as on the previous dates when Unite called strikes of mixed fleet cabin crew, we will fly all our customers to their destinations".

The airline said the strike action was “completely unnecessary” given that an offer was made with the aim of resolving matters but was rejected. “We had reached a deal on pay which Unite’s national officers agreed was acceptable. We urge Unite to put the pay proposals to a vote,” the statement added.

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Norman Jackson, Dorking

They can strike because they are so well paid. Bring back British Caledonian a decent British airline.

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