British Airways cabin crew launch new strikes

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The Independent Online

British Airways cabin crew have launched a new five-day strike in a dispute over pay and working conditions.

BA says flights to and from Heathrow, one of Europe's busiest hubs, will be affected by the walkout. But the carrier says it can operate more than half of its services because more cabin crew than expected had decided to cross the picket line.

It says all flights will operate at the smaller Gatwick and London City airports.

Cabin crew walked off their jobs on May 24 and launched another strike Sunday after talks failed. They plan to strike for another five days from June 5, if a solution to the long-running dispute is not found.

Seven days of walkouts in March over the same dispute cost BA around 43 million pounds ($63 million).

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