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

The announcement comes in the future earlier than BA employees 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 mentioned it had flown all clients to their locations throughout earlier strikes and it will do that once more.

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

Supply rejected

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

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

Unite estimates that, on common, blended 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 couple of.5% in years two and three, was rejected firmly by Unite members after it was tabled shortly earlier than Christmas.

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

Hundreds ‘wasted’

A BA spokesman mentioned: “Our pay supply for blended fleet crew is according to 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 make sure that rewards for blended fleet stay according to these for cabin crew at our airline opponents.”

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

Unite nationwide officer, Oliver Richardson, mentioned: “British Airways ought to give attention to addressing poverty pay in its blended fleet, quite than persevering with to waste a whole lot of hundreds of kilos on chartering in plane to cowl hanging staff.

BA created the blended fleet of cabin employees within the wake of a bitter and long-running dispute over pay and situations for all cabin employees 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.