British Airways Defies Strike To Run Full Christmas Schedule

By Ikenga Chronicles December 21, 2016

British Airways Defies Strike To Run Full Christmas Schedule

British Airways has said it will run a full schedule on Christmas Day and Boxing Day despite proposed industrial action by Unite, Britain and Ireland’s biggest trade union.

A statement on Wednesday, December 20 by Nosakhare Emma-Iyamu quoted the BA CEO and chairman, Alex Cruz, as saying that the airline will ensure that the union’s attempt to ruin Christmas for thousands of their customers fails

“Over the weekend we have been working on detailed contingency plans to ensure that we are able to operate our normal flight programme from all our airports on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day” Cruz said.

“We urge Unite to abandon this strike call, which is serving only to cause anxiety among our Mixed Fleet cabin crew colleagues.”

He added: “Our Mixed Fleet crews do a tremendous job for our customers. They earn a competitive salary package, with all crew working full-time receiving a minimum of £21,000 a year. We are seeking to improve this package and we encourage Unite to start a positive dialogue with us about our proposals.”

‘’We continue to seek a non-disruptive solution to issues of concern to our Mixed Fleet colleagues. That is why we initiated the talks at the conciliation service ACAS today.”

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