Thousands of British Airways passengers have had flights cancelled or disrupted as the air carrier’s cabin crew launched a five-day strike.
The chaos has so far been confined to London’s Heathrow airport with BA insisting 70 percent of travellers will reach their destination.
Despite hopes of a last minute deal over the weekend the walkout went ahead after talks suddenly broke down.
The increasingly bitter feud between BA chief Willie Walsh and the union Unite centres around jobs, pay and travel perks.
Both sides blame each other for the deadlock.
Unite’s National Officer Brian Boyd said: ‘‘When you add up the cost of this dispute, in comparison to the cost savings that the company were initially looking for, then the cost to the company, in terms of the contingency plans and the fact that they’ve got their people standing out here today when they should be able to work, far outweighs the cost of resolving this dispute.’‘
But, BA management have accused the union of failing to accept a further offer of negotiations to resolve the long-running disagreement.