Summer holiday strikes a possibility for British Airways
If you booked your family's summer holiday at some point last year, you'd have probably assumed Unite's ongoing dispute with British Airways would be resolved long before it was time to pack your bags. Sorry about that. The row has gone on for nearly a year and a half with no progress made, and now more strike action is looming... in August.
Yesterday, the union set a deadline for British Airways to come to the table and resolve the issues concerning staff reductions, pay and packages. If no agreement is found within the week, then the union intends to call for a new strike ballot that would likely end in the last week of July.
If members vote in favour of strikes, then industrial action could threaten flights throughout August, making BA even more unpopular with consumers than it already is. British Airways are remaining bullish about the possibility of such action - but then they have to: there have already been three weeks worth of strikes during this dispute, that have cost the airline an estimated £150 million. Regardless, BA is saying it plans to run all long-haul services and most short-haul flights if there is further action.
More troubles for the summer ahead, then, and no doubt time for the broadsheets to trot out a glut of Top 50 'staycation' holiday supplements.