17 MAY 2010
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BRITISH AIRWAYS expects to carry more than 70% of its customers, or over 60,000 passengers a day, during 20 days of strike action due to start on Tuesday (18 May) and to run until Saturday (22 May). Then there will be further walkouts on 24-28 May, 30 May-3 June and 5-9 June. However a last minute High Court action today (17 May) may stop the strike and the union says that it is monitoring the ash cloud problem which might affect its actions. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond says he will hold talks today with both sides and ACAS, the arbitration organisation, is getting involved as well. At the end of the day only 57% of the cabin staff voted to walk out. In the meantime other airlines, notably bmi and Flybe, have been quick to add flights and heavily promote their services. BA said all services at Gatwick and London City would operate as normal. www.unitetheunion.com www.ba.com
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