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British Airways crew announce another set of strike dates for this month

City A.M. Tuesday, 14 February 2017
British Airways crew announce another set of strike dates for this monthBritish Airways cabin crew will stage yet another batch of strikes in an ongoing pay dispute with the airline, Unite union announced today.

Four strikes will be held from 22 February, after Unite warned more walkouts would occur should BA not settle the row over "poverty pay".

There have been 11 days of walkouts sine the beginning of last month and four strike days planned for later this week, starting from 00:01 on Friday 17 February to 23:59 on Monday 20 February.

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Now Unite has planned fresh dates from 00:01 on Wednesday 22 February to 23:59 Saturday 25 February inclusively, after calling on BA to join talks at conciliation service Acas in an effort to reach a solution to the dispute.

Unite regional officer Matt Smith said: "For every hour British Airways 'wet leases' an aircraft from another airline to cover striking cabin crew it costs in the region of £2,000 to £3,000. Our estimates put the amount of money British Airways has spent on defending the dispute and poverty pay at £1m."

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He added: "We would urge British Airways to reconsider its costly intransigence and enter talks at Acas and reach an agreement."

BA has been approached for comment. It has previously said its pay offer for mixed fleet crew is "consistent with the deal accepted by 92 per cent of colleagues across the airline, most of whom are represented by Unite".

On past strike dates, BA has announced that some flights were merged but all passengers reached their destinations.

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British Airways cabin crew are staging a fresh wave of strikes from Sunday. Three days of industrial action will be followed by a further three day walkout from Thursday in a row over wages. It involves more recent recruits to the airline who claim to be on ‘poverty pay’. Time to end poverty pay...

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