London, May 24: Thousands of British Airways cabin crew began a five—day strike on Monday May 24, though the airline claimed it will still be able to carry 70 percent of passengers who have booked flights. This was a result of failed talks between the Unite union and the airline. Unite is the Union which represents the crew members.
The Union is demanding the airline restore employee travel benefits which the airline suspended following an earlier strike.The union"s joint leader, Tony Woodley, says BA already has secured its aim of cutting 1,700 jobs. Then what is the benefit of cutting
British Airways says it has accepted an invitation for more negotiations, and says it believes the union will also respond to it.British Airways said it had already offered to reinstate travel concessions to cabin crew once all elements of its offer were implemented.