Published on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BA gets ready for two-week strike action

British Airways is insisting it will be able to fly all customers to their destination despite strike action by its mixed fleet crew starting this weekend.

But it has been forced to cancel and merge some Heathrow flights, which means some customers are having to rebook.

The strike starts this Saturday (July 1) and continues until just before midnight on Sunday July 16.

It is the latest walk-out in a long-running pay dispute between BA management and its 1,400 mixed fleet crew.

Since the start of this year, BA has suffered from 26 days of strike action, forcing it to cancel flights and charter aircraft from other airlines.

But today it said it would be able to operate a full schedule at Gatwick and London City airports throughout the latest strike, as well as the 'vast majority' of its Heathrow schedule.

"We will merge a very small number of Heathrow services, and all affected customers are being contacted in advance and will be rebooked to alternative flights," it said.

"We would urge customers to ensure that the correct email and telephone details are in their bookings and to check their travel plans on our website if they need any further details."

Unite the union has accused BA of operating a 'blacklist' by sanctioning crew who have taken strike action in this dispute.

It claims it is 'vigorously' pursuing legal action against BA to the 'highest court in the land' over the sanctions, which include withdrawing bonuses and staff concessions.

BA told customers the union represents one of its five cabin crew fleets.

"We recognise the uncertainty that mixed fleet Unite's threat is causing and would like to reassure customers that the vast majority of our services will be unaffected," it said.


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