British Airways crew launch new strikes
British Airways (BA) cabin crew launched a new five-day strike on Sunday as a bitter dispute with the management over pay and working conditions dragged on with no sign of any breakthrough.
Many flights to and from London’s Heathrow — Europe’s busiest airport — were affected by the walkout. But the airline insisted it could operate more than half of its services because more cabin crew than expected had decided to cross the picket line.
Cabin crew walked off their jobs on May 24 for five days and began the new round of strikes after talks collapsed on Friday. They plan to strike for another five days beginning June 5, if a solution to the long-running dispute is not found.
Seven days of walkouts in March over the same dispute cost BA around $63 million.
The two sides are at odds over staffing on long-haul flights and other work conditions.
The airline said it planned to fly more than 70 per cent of its long-haul flights, compared to the 60 per cent it had operated during last week’s strike.
Fifty-five per cent of BAs’ short-haul flights will take off, slightly more than the 50 per cent last week.