BA Flights will once again be affected by Strikes

Added 12/05/2010

Airport departure lounge

BA has announced 20 days of cabin crew strikes that will affect the May half term holiday. Strikes will also coincide with the bank holiday weekend at the end of May. Unite has hinted at a second wave of strikes that could run into the summer, affecting thousands of holiday makers and fans attending the World Cup in South Africa.

The disputes have erupted due to cost cutting plans that see fewer crew members on each flight. The strikes seem unfounded, as BA staff are among the highest cabin crew in the world. Strikers that took part in the March protests have already had some of their job incentives removed as punishment.

This recent debate appears to have come about as a knock on effect of the last strikes. BA staff could be taking part in the May strikes as a protest against the way they were punished for previous strikes.

With the volcanic ash incident having already affected thousands of passengers travelling abroad, it’s frustrating that some holidays will now be disrupted by circumstances that could be prevented.

The 20 days of strikes won’t affect flights at Gatwick Airport or London City Airport, but it’s likely that Heathrow Airport will see some disruption. BA is trying to arrange services with rival carriers to enable passengers to book onto alternative flights if their own flight is cancelled.

Unite believes that BA staff have had no choice but to participate in the strikes until the carrier agrees to have proper negotiations about modernisation.

If you are worried that the upcoming strikes might affect your flight, contact your airline before you leave for information about cancellations.

Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance whenever you book a holiday. Contact your travel insurance provider about making a claim if your flights have been cancelled due to the BA strikes. Insurewithease offers a range of affordable single trip and annual multi-trip policies.