BA strike dates announced

BA strike dates announced

Over 12,000 British Airways cabin crew members are expected to walk out this month when they stage the first strike in the company for over 13 years.

Trade union Unite, which represents a majority of BA’s cabin crew, has announced that the three-day strike will begin on 20 March, followed by a four-day strike starting from the 24 March. The plans will cause disruption for thousands of travellers over the spring break.

The industrial action was voted on at the end of January after talks with the airline over staffing cuts failed to reach an agreement. However, a new offer has been put on the table and a cabin crew ballot is scheduled to take place, which could avert the strike action.

If the strikes do go ahead, a skeleton service using 1,000 specially-trained volunteer staff will be in operation. British Airways chiefs have suggested that a substantial portion of the airline’s long-haul flights departing from Heathrow are still expected to operate, while a moderate number of short-haul flights will remain unaffected by the industrial action. Full strike service schedules will be released by the airline as soon as possible.

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