British Airways cabin crew to strike

British Airways cabin crew are to hold a three-day strike from the 29th to the 31st of January following the break down of negotiations over a range of industrial relations difficulties with the company.

Submitted by Ed on January 23, 2007

The strike follows an overwhelming 96.1% vote for industrial action (on an 80 per cent turnout) in a ballot of the more than 11,000 cabin crew, the result of which was announced last week.

The strike, to run from 00.01 on Monday January 29th to 23.59 on Wednesday January 31, will almost totally disrupt BA services. Further three-day strikes will be held on the same three days in the two subsequent weeks if the dispute is not resolved.

T&G deputy general secretary Jack Dromey said today: "BA management have simply failed to engage with the union in negotiations on our compromise proposals, and appear unwilling to listen to this loyal, professional and hard-working group of employees. Indeed, managers have preferred to provoke.

"Our members are fed up with being bullied into coming to work when sick and with the divisions caused by poverty-level new-entrant pay scales. They see customer care being cut and the airline's reputation damaged by bungling management.

"BA now has seven days to take their responsibilities seriously and work with the union to avert disruption to services and inconvenience to passengers. We are ready to resume talking at any time."