A three-day strike by British Airways cabin crew is now underway.
Last-minute talks yesterday failed to resolve the 13 month dispute which led to the industrial action.
Tony Woodley from the Unite union said: “This company wants ultimately to go to war with my members and this union and that’s clearly what the hawks on the British Airways board, including unfortunately Mr Walsh, intend to do.”
Willie Walsh, the CEO of BA, said: “There are no hawks in BA. The only thing that flies in BA are our aircraft. Those aircraft will continue to fly through this period of industrial action.”
The stoppage is over BA’s plans to alter pay and working conditions.
The airline wants to shave around 60 million euros off its budget, to help cope with falling demand, volatile fuel prices and increased competition from low-cost airlines.
A second strike is planned for March 27.