Flight Attendants in the United Kingdom announced today this week that they would be taking seven days of strike action at the end of the month if their contract dispute is not resolved before then.
The ITF-affiliated Unite union, which represents the British Airways (BA) workers, said that strike action would take place on March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 and 30, with additional action possible on April 14.
“The talks we have been conducting with British Airways over the entire course of this year reached a conclusion this week,” said Unite Assistant General Secretary and lead negotiator Len McCluskey. “Regrettably, management turned down a remarkable offer from the union which would have given the company everything it said it wanted while also meeting our members’ concerns.”
The ITF is working with unions where BA has services to provide effective solidarity with those on the picket line.
“We stand ready to demonstrate our support and solidarity with the efforts by your represented flight attendants in the United Kingdom by any legal means necessary,” said IAM Transportation GVP Robert Roach, Jr. in a letter to union representing BA Flight Attendants. “As airlines become increasingly global, it is critical for unions and union members to become global in their efforts to protect the interest of working people.”