Further strike action has been announced by British Airways ' (BA) mixed fleet cabin crew in a bid to pile pressure on the airline to enter talks.
As the dispute over "poverty pay" continues , the airline's refusal to meet to reach a settlement has sparked two more sets of four day walkouts.
The first will begin from tomorrow Friday (February 17) at 12.01am to 11.59pm on Monday (February 20).
The second strike will run from Wednesday (February 22) to Saturday (February 25).
Unite the Union is urging BA to meet for talks at the conciliation service Acas and reach an agreement to avoid further disruption.
To date there have been a total of 11 days of industrial action since the start of the year.
The staged walkouts, have resulted in some flight cancellations and the "wet lease" of aircraft.
The two sides have come to disagree over pay, with Unite saying cabin crew earn £16,000 on average a year but BA say the mixed fleet workforce are paid at least £21,000.
Unite regional officer, Matt Smith, said: "For every hour British Airways 'wet leases' an aircraft from another airline to cover striking cabin crew it costs in the region of £2,000 to £3,000.
“Our estimates put the amount of money British Airways has spent on defending the dispute and poverty pay at £1 million.
"This is money which the airline has taken a conscious decision to give to other airlines rather than addressing pay levels which are forcing hardworking mixed fleet cabin crew into financial hardship.
"We would urge British Airways to reconsider its costly intransigence and enter talks at Acas and reach an agreement."
A statement on the BA website said: "All British Airways customers will be able to fly to their destinations in February, despite further days of proposed industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets."
During the first four days of strike action all flights to and from Gatwick and London City will operate as normal, and a vast majority at Heathrow.
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