British Airways faces fresh five-day strike, losses

08:45, May 31, 2010      

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British Airways cabin crew started a fresh five-day strike Sunday with little sign of a breakthrough in the long-running dispute between their union and the airline.

The latest strike by the Unite union is aimed at disrupting travel in the half-term school holidays in Britain, with a further five-day stoppage planned from June 5, which could hit flights to the soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Unite said it believed the 12 days of strikes since March had already cost BA 84 million pounds ($121.5 million).

Talks between the two sides ended without agreement Friday with Unite accusing BA chief executive Willie Walsh of blocking a resolution to the dispute on travel perks for cabin crew.

Derek Simpson, Unite's joint leader, said, "He has refused to reinstate travel concessions in full despite Unite making it clear that the union would suspend the strike if he did so.

"It would cost BA nothing to reinstate these travel concessions yet Willie Walsh is prepared to see the strike continue."

BA said it would increase its flying schedule in the coming week as more cabin crew than expected had decided to work as normal during the strikes.

Source: Global Times

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