A three-day strike by British Airways cabin crew will definitely go ahead, after last-minute, last-ditch talks between management and the Unite union collapsed.
“I’m extremely disappointed for the travelling public; I’m extremely disappointed for our members; I’m extremely disappointed that the hawks in British Airways, that want a war as opposed to a negotiated settlement, have won the day in this company.” said Unite General Secretary Tony Woodley.
BA, though, says it has contingency plans to keep some planes in the air, said Chief Executive Willie Walsh:
“I deeply regret any inconvenience to the customers of British Airways. But I would like to make it clear that tens of thousands of BA people stand ready to serve our customers, and BA will be flying tomorrow, and will continue to fly through these periods of industrial action.”
The first three-day strike is due to begin at midnight tonight and will affect more than a thousand flights.
A second stoppage is planned for March the 27th.
The 13 month-long dispute with cabin crew is over BA’s plans to alter pay and working practices.
The airline wants to shave 60 million euros off its budget to help cope with falling demand, volatile fuel prices and increased competition from low-cost carriers.