Flight Attendants Stand In Solidarity With Striking BA Cabin Crew
"We share many issues and concerns with our colleagues at British Airways in our fight for a strong contract," said Laura Glading, President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), which represents the nearly 18,000 Flight Attendants at American Airlines.
"Our common battle is for an improved standard of living, increased job security, and passenger safety. Unfortunately, our fight is not unique. The community of working men and women around the globe is threatened.”
expressed concern for passenger safety as British Airways executives are
threatening to use “volunteer cabin crew” to cross the picket lines.
Earlier this week AA Flight Attendants asked for release from mediation
after being mired in contract negotiations for almost two years.
Glading expressed concern for passenger safety as British Airways executives are threatening to use “volunteer cabin crew” to cross the picket lines. Earlier this week AA Flight Attendants asked for release from mediation after being mired in contract negotiations for almost two years.
granted by the National Mediation Board (NMB) it would trigger a
30-day cooling-off period, the first step toward a possible strike
or other job action. “We stand in solidarity with our sisters and
brothers at British Airways and offer support for Flight Attendants
needing assistance in the
British Airways’ Flight Attendants association, Unite the union that represents the cabin crew had called for a strike on March 20, 21 and 22 and further on March 27, 28, 29 and 30. British Airways has published contingency plans that will allow 60 percent of its customers to flying through Unite's strike period.
The schedule aims to fly around 45,000 customers each day on March 20, 21 and 22. This represents around 60 percent of customers originally booked to fly on these days. In addition, many thousands more customers will be offered seats on alternative British Airways flights or on services operated by other airlines.
written a letter to Britain’s Transportation Secretary, Lord Adonis
requesting an investigation of British Airways' plans to deploy a
strike-breaking crew. The union says the minister must take all
steps to ensure that the reputation of
With 80 percent of
cabin crew standing strong on the first day of the BA stoppage, it
appears British Airways contingencies plans are failing. BA has managed
to fly only one third of its normal scheduled departures, their flagship
terminal T5 is a ghost town as passengers stay away. The first long haul
BA flight out (10 am) was to
By lunchtime on
Saturday, 85 BA planes were parked at Heathrow - consuming the maximum
parking space allowed for BA aircraft. 20 more planes had been moved to
On average only 14
passengers are travelling on those flights which are taking off, far
short of capacity. 2 strike-breaking chartered flights did not depart
because of technical problems. That by mid-morning around 113 BA
passengers had complained about the poor quality of food on-board the
flights and that there are reports of no food on in-bound flights from
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