British Airways cabin crew continued taking industrial action today with a “quiet resolve” to remain on strike until their bitter row with the airline is resolved.
Members of Unite launched a five-day walkout yesterday, with two further five-day stoppages due in the coming weeks if the deadlocked row is not broken.
The cabin crew branch of Unite, Bassa, said there was a different atmosphere among strikers compared with the last series of walkouts in March.
“The atmosphere is not as frenetic and intense as last time. People seem to be more determined and they have a quiet resolve,” said one official.
BA aircraft had a “keep the flag flying” slogan painted along their fuselages today to underline the message that the airline will continue to fly throughout this week’s strikes.
The message was placed on 10 Boeing 777s at Heathrow and two at Gatwick, as the second day of the strike began.
The union said the first day of the action was “strongly supported” yesterday as it clashed with BA over the effect of the strike on flights.
BA said it operated more than 60% of its long-haul programme and more than 50% of short-haul flights from Heathrow, while services from Gatwick and London City ran as normal.
The airline said it ran some sort of service to 85% of its long-haul destinations and 100% of its short-haul destinations.
More than 60,000 customers will travel with BA every day this week despite the industrial action, the airline said.
Striking workers gathered again at a football ground near Heathrow airport’s perimeter fence, where Unite leaders Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson will address them later today.
The two sides remain in dispute over travel concessions taken away from staff who went on strike in March, and over disciplinary action taken against dozens of union members.