British Airways cabin crew are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay.
Members of Unite will walk out on January 10 after rejecting a new pay offer for the so-called ‘mixed fleet’ cabin crew, who have joined the airline in recent years.
The union claims employees are being forced to ‘eke out a living on poverty pay’.
British Airways said striking crew represent just 15 per cent of cabin staff and vowed to protect customers from the ‘unnecessary and completely unjustified action’.
Cabin crew were due to walk out on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but the action was suspended after talks at the conciliation service Acas.
Unite accused BA of refusing to extend a previous mandate for industrial action.
National officer Oliver Richardson said: ‘British Airways is needlessly provoking strike action by refusing to extend the mandate of the strike ballot and allow meaningful talks to take place.