19 JUN 2017: BA has already had 26 days of strike action this year, forcing it to cancel flights and charter aircraft from other airlines. Now the Union says its members have voted again to strike from Saturday July 1 to Sunday July 16.  

The strike vote came after BA refused to accept the union's final compromise position on the outstanding issue of the sanctioning of striking cabin crew.

In addition to the industry action, Unite said it would 'vigorously' pursue legal action against BA to the 'highest court in the land' on behalf of 1,400 cabin crew, who were sanctioned for taking strike action in a long-running pay dispute.

Sanctions have included removing bonus payments worth hundreds of pounds and also staff travel concessions.

Last week Unite suspended a planned four-day strike due to start today hoping to resolve the dispute through fresh talks.

The Union said BA failed to send key decision makers to the talks, prompting it to present BA bosses with a written final compromise for acceptance by noon Monday.

"The refusal by BA bosses to meaningfully consider our compromise offer is deeply disappointing," said Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett.

"A resolution to this long-running dispute was within the grasp of BA, but instead of grabbing that opportunity, bosses rebuffed it. It now means BA faces an entirely avoidable two week strike and prolonged legal action on behalf of over 1,400 mixed cabin crew.

"Unite believes the divisive way BA has targeted striking members of cabin crew is unlawful and amounts to blacklisting. The airline should be under no illusion of Unite's intent to pursue justice on behalf of its members all the way to the highest court in the land.

"We would urge BA bosses to come to their senses and think again."

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