British Airways and Iberia begin trading as International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) on the stock exchange today. But even with a new corporate identity, BA is still living in the shadows of a long-standing industrial dispute, as fresh strike action is announced.
It follows the removal of travel perks from those cabin crew who were involved in industrial action last year.
No dates for a planned walkout by cabin crew members of the Unite union have been announced yet, leaving the travel plans of BA’s customers up in the air in the coming months.
Unite is required to give at least seven days’ notice of any strike action.
BA’s long-running dispute dates back to November 2009, when the carrier reduced the number of cabin crew staff on long-haul flights from 15 to 14, and introduced a two-year pay freeze from 2010.
Britain’s flag carrier has lost £150m to-date following 22 days of strike action – despite a well-rehearsed contingency plan, and volunteers and non-union crew striving to operate as near to normal services as possible.
BA’s new multi-billion pound merger with Iberia will help secure its long-term future, by leveraging economies of scale and delivering a wider network to customers. The new combined entity has created Europe’s second biggest airline in terms of size, after Lufthansa.
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