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British Airways cabin crew will stage a recent four-day strike from 17 February of their dispute over pay, the Unite union has stated.

The announcement comes someday earlier than BA workers end their most up-to-date strike motion.

Motion by BA cabin crew earlier this 12 months resulted within the cancellation of some flights.

However BA stated it had flown all clients to their locations throughout earlier strikes and it might do that once more.

Unite stated BA was paying “poverty” charges and requested for talks on the conciliation service, Acas.

Provide rejected

The strike, by 2,900 members of Unite, is in pursuit of upper pay for members of the so-called “combined fleet”.

Unite says that since 2010, all new British Airways cabin crew workers be part of what known as “‘combined fleet”, the place regardless of guarantees that pay can be 10% above the market price, primary pay begins at simply £12,192 with £three an hour flying pay.

Unite estimates that, on common, combined fleet cabin crew earn £16,000 a 12 months, together with allowances.

BA has disputed these figures and says that annual pay is above £21,000 a 12 months.

A pay rise of two% within the first 12 months, and a pair of.5% in years two and three, was rejected firmly by Unite members after it was tabled shortly earlier than Christmas.

The union stated that the rise would have left workers solely £20 a month higher off after tax.

1000’s ‘wasted’

A BA spokesman stated: “Our pay provide for combined fleet crew is in line with the deal accepted by 92% of colleagues throughout the airline, most of whom are represented by Unite.

“It additionally displays pay awards given by different corporations within the UK and can be certain that rewards for combined fleet stay in keeping with these for cabin crew at our airline opponents.”

Unite has criticised BA for chartering plane to cowl for putting cabin crew quite than resolving the issue.

Unite nationwide officer, Oliver Richardson, stated: “British Airways ought to concentrate on addressing poverty pay in its combined fleet, quite than persevering with to waste a whole lot of 1000’s of kilos on chartering in plane to cowl putting staff.

BA created the combined fleet of cabin workers within the wake of a bitter and long-running dispute over pay and situations for all cabin workers that ran from 2009 to 2011.

They fly solely out of Heathrow, and on each short-haul and long-haul routes, however not in the identical planes as colleagues on the legacy situations of employment.