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Planned cabin crew strike could affect London City Airport

PUBLISHED: 15:43 14 December 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 14 December 2016

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Passengers at London City Airport could be affected if a planned strike goes ahead over the Christmas period.

Of those balloted by union Unite, 79 per cent of British Airways’ ‘mixed fleet’ crew voted to strike over pay, which would see more than 2,500 of its members on long or short haul flights walking out as early as next Wednesday.

A BA spokesman said: “We are extremely disappointed that the union is creating uncertainty for our customers.

“Mixed fleet represents about 15pc of our cabin crew.

“We have proposed a fair and reasonable pay increase to cabin crew which is in line with that accepted by other British Airways colleagues and which will ensure their reward levels remain in line with cabin crew at our competitors.”

But Unite regional officer Matt Smith argued: “British Airways’ pay rates are indefensible and the crew are at breaking point.

“The airline’s boss Willie Walsh has pocketed £8.8 million and the parent company IAG reported profits of £1.4 billion.

“Mixed fleet crew earn just over the minimum wage and below the national average. Significant numbers are taking on second jobs, many go to work unfit to fly because they can’t afford to be sick.

“British Airways bosses need to wake up to the anger and the injustice here.”

The exact dates and nature of the strike are yet to be determined.


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