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Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

BA cabin crew publish video threatening flight disruption


Cabin crew union Unite is warning that a row over rosters could lead to a strike that will affect all British Airways' flights from Gatwick.

The union has published a video in which it claims there is 'a pretty serious dispute happening at British Airways Gatwick'.

Urging members to share the video, it said the dispute 'could cause a lot of disruption to customers if it isn't resolved'.

It went on to say: "As many customers know, British Airways has made many cuts over the years.

"In 2017, they axed free food and drink for customers. Now, when BA is reporting £1.9 billion profit, the airline says its crew must make even more savings. This time, understandably, the cabin crew have said 'enough'."


Cabin crew are understood to be particularly concerned by a reduction in the number of days off when travelling long-haul. For instance, their stay in Las Vegas has been reduced from two nights to one.

"This means less pay and tired cabin crew who need to be alert in case of emergency," said Unite. "These cuts are simply corporate greed and employee exploitation."


The union claims the airline is refusing to commit to cabin crew rostering rules, saying that staff will have no certainty over how many hours or days in a week they will work.

The video warns 'if the company goes ahead, all BA flights from Gatwick could be affected' by a strike.

"The only way for customers to guarantee their journeys won't be disrupted is to book with another airline until the dispute is settled."

However, the union has not yet proposed to ballot its members on strike action and its head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn told MailOnline: "There's no strike planned at Gatwick as there hasn't been a strike ballot of our members at Gatwick.

"We are currently in ongoing discussions with BA about resolving the issue."

BA says the change of rest arrangements at Las Vegas brings Gatwick crews into line with those based at Heathrow, who also fly Vegas.

A BA spokesperson added: "This is normal practice and well within industry and regulatory standards. We continue to discuss the matter."

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