Another wave of strike action has been announced by British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew as the row over "poverty pay" sees no immediate end.
The announcement of a week-long walkout was made by Unite the Union on the penultimate day of the latest strike on Friday (February 24), involving crew working long and short haul flights out of Heathrow.
It also comes on the same day as British Airways' owner IAG Group reported a rise in profits by nearly a third to £2bn.
The seven day industrial action, which brings the total number of strike days to 26, will begin on Friday (March 3) at 12.01am and run until Thursday (March 9) at 11.59pm.
With neither side backing down, the disagreement over pay packets has had Unite say the crew are paid £16,000 on average a year, but BA firmly denying this saying its mixed fleet workforce are paid at least £21,000.
Since the start of the year a number of strikes have led to cancellation of flights and the airline chartering aircraft from other carriers.
Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “Striking mixed fleet cabin crew continue to demonstrate their determination to achieve a fair deal on pay in the face of British Airways’ bully boy tactics.
“It is clear from today’s £2 billion rise in IAG’s pre-tax profits that British Airways can afford to address low pay among its mixed fleet cabin crew and settle this dispute.
“We would urge British Airways to meet Unite at Acas to resolve this dispute, as it claims to want to, and enable us to cancel these further damaging strike days.”
The airline says it will fly customers during the threatened strike action and a contingency will be published for flyers next week.
A statement on the website said: "All British Airways customers will once again be able to fly to their destinations, despite seven further days of proposed industrial action by Mixed Fleet Unite, which represents one of our five cabin crew fleets.
"We will publish our contingency plans next week to customers, who have bookings on the further days of threatened industrial action."
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