British Airways Plc cabin crew resumed their strike following the failure of talks over pay and staffing levels, grounding flights for tens of thousands of Britons during one of the U.K.’s busiest holidays for air travel.
Flight attendants began a second five-day walkout yesterday, forcing the carrier to cancel more than 100 flights from its main base at London’s Heathrow airport, the Unite union said. British Airways says it aims to operate more than 70 percent of long-haul services, compared with 60 percent during last week’s walkout, plus 55 percent of European routes, up from 50 percent, BusinessWeek reports.
ACAS will attempt to arrange further meetings between the two sides.
Unite holds its annual conference in Manchester this week during which its joint leader Tony Woodley will tell delegates that BA is simply “bullying” them and that continued strike action is just around the corner. The union places the blame for a lack of resolution squarely on the shoulders of BA boss Willie Walsh, TravelMole says.
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