British Airways cabin crew to stage two-week strike

The fiasco that left British Airways passengers stranded will cost the airline at least £80 million

The fiasco that left British Airways passengers stranded will cost the airline at least £80 million

British Airways does not accept that figure, and says that the lowest-paid full-time member of cabin crew earned over £21,000 a year ago.

BA said that the proposed action was "extreme and completely unnecessary".

According to the Telegraph, the union also announced it will pursue legal action against British Airways for allegedly blacklisting more than 1,400 cabin crew members who took previous strike action.

The strike announcement comes after a planned four-day strike that was due to start on Friday was suspended last week, in a bid to resolve the dispute.

Talks this week at the conciliation service, Acas, broke down, with Unite exasperated over what it said was BA's failure to send its key decision-makers to negotiate. It now means BA faces an entirely avoidable two week strike and prolonged legal action on behalf of over 1,400 mixed cabin crew.

Unite said BA had refused to accept its final offer on the issue of the "sanctioning" of striking cabin crew.

"The airline should be under no illusion of Unite's intent to pursue justice on behalf of its members all the way to the highest court in the land".

The breakdown at British Airways came as another blow to the aviation industry, which has been plagued by passenger outrage over a number of incidents since a passenger was dragged from a plane at United Airlines.

The airline said in a statement that it would fly all customers to their destinations, as with previous periods when Unite had called mixed fleet strikes.

BA has seen 26 days of strike action since January. The airline's failure led to Unite writing to British Airways bosses with a final compromise position for acceptance by noon today. "We had reached a deal on pay, which Unite agreed was acceptable".

"British Airways is working hard to ensure that affected passengers are compensated as soon as possible", he said, adding they had had a "dreadful experience".