BA cabin crew announce possible strike dates

British Airways cabin crew have announced potential strike dates for March 2010.

The Unite union may stage a walkout for:

  • Three days from March 20

  • Four days from March 27

The announcement follows the collapse of talks aimed at resolving a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and working conditions.

There will be no strikes over Easter and then potential further action after April 14.

BA has made another offer to its cabin crew which Unite will now put to its members as a consultative ballot. If members accept the new offer, the strikes will be called off, although this seems unlikely given Unite is not backing the new package.

The vote should be completed by the middle of next week, when the strikes will either be confirmed as going ahead or dropped.

British Airways said it was “extremely disappointed” that Unite was planning to cause “massive disruption for hundreds of thousands of our customers in the run-up to the Easter holidays”.

A spokesman said: “Unite’s action has no shred of justification. British Airways’ crew are rightly renowned for their professionalism and skills. Our entire package for crew recognises that and is reasonable and fair.”

Despite the strike, BA has pledged to run as many flights as possible. In an open letter to the trade given exclusively to Travel Weekly, Richard Tams, the airline’s head of sales and marketing in the UK and Ireland, has outlined the airline’s emergency plans.

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