Strikes by BA continue

Hotel News - 31/05/2010

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Cabin crew at British Airways have started the second of a series of three five-day walkouts, as the Unite union and the airline continue to struggle in attempts to resolve key differences. As a result tens of thousands of British travellers have been left without flights during one of the busiest holiday periods of the year.

British holiday makers have already endured months of travel chaos. Industrial action by BA staff originally started back in March. This was followed by the eruption of an Icelandic volcano, the large plume of ash and dust forcing authorities to close air space across most of Europe for six days in April. Since then, sporadic minor volcanic activity has continued to threaten air travel in Europe. The volcano appears to have settled down lately, only for strike action to restart at British Airways.

Though the airline and Unite eventually resolved the issues that led to the strike action in March, cabin crew remain unhappy with the fact that BA revoked cheap travel perks for those staff who took part in the original industrial action. Unless British Airways restores those privileges, union members are vowing to continue with their walkouts. The latest walkout ends on 3 June. The third begins two days later.

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