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Saturday 12th
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

BRITISH AIRWAYS cabin crew are warning bosses that strike action over pay will continue throughout August if they refuse to negotiate.

The crew, who are members of the Unite union and are paid an average of £16,000 a year, say BA has reneged on pledges over pay by blocking bonuses and withdrawing concessionary travel rights.

The company has responded to strike action by victimising strikers and spending millions of pounds on hiring aircraft from Qatar Airlines, complete with scab air crews.

Unite says the Qatari flights breach European safety rules.

Unite members staged their 66th day of strike action yesterday and more strikes are planned during the summer holiday season up to August 30.

Warning that its members remain as determined as ever, Unite called on the airline to use the money it was spending on hiring strikebreakers to solve the dispute instead.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “It would cost British Airways mere pennies compared to its soaring profits to solve this dispute.

“Yet still the airline insists on spending millions on leasing aircraft and the prospect of mounting legal costs to defend low pay and punishing workers on poverty pay.

“Our members are clear in their determination. We would urge British Airways to get around the negotiating table and hammer out a resolution to this dispute to avoid the disruption and financial cost of continued strike action,” he said.

The union said the basic pay of cabin crew is £12,192, plus £3 an hour extra when flying.