BA strike negotiations delayed as walkout continues
As the walkout by BA cabin crew hits day four, talks with the Unite union are on hold until tomorrow.
Airport news for Flights,Travel on 27/05/2010.
As the first of three five-day walkouts by British Airways cabin crew ends, talks between the airline and Unite, the union representing disgruntled staff, will resume on Friday. Negotiators from BA and Unite spent six hours in discussions on Wednesday, before they were adjourned.
In an official statement, British Airways said, “All flights into and out of London Gatwick and London City airports will operate normally.” However, the airline is cautioning travelers not to travel to airports unless they already have confirmed bookings.
More than 200 flights in and out of Heathrow were cancelled on Tuesday. Wednesday saw that rise to 246 flights. BA insists it is meeting its target of flying 70% of ticket holders to their destinations. The airline says it has contingency plans in place that allow it to support more than 70% of long-haul customers from Heathrow and 50% of short-haul flights.
Previous strike action, in March, arose out of union-members’ frustration with BA’s offer on working conditions and pay. Those disagreements were settled in subsequent talks. The latest round of walkouts, however, has been triggered by what members see as unfair treatment of those who legally joined the previous strikes. They say that if BA fails to restore cheap travel perks, the next round of action will go ahead as planned on 30 May.