British Airways' cabin crew announce 48-hour strike for Jan 10

 A passenger sits at a departure gate against a backdrop of a British Airways aircraft landing, at terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK on Dec 23, 2016.
A passenger sits at a departure gate against a backdrop of a British Airways aircraft landing, at terminal 2 at London Heathrow Airport in London, UK on Dec 23, 2016.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Airways cabin crew plan to hold a 48-hour strike starting on Jan 10, after suspending previous plans to walk out over Christmas, trade union Unite said on Tuesday (Jan 3).

Crew who serve as part of British Airways' 'mixed fleet' - and have poorer terms and conditions than some longer-serving staff - rejected a pay offer from BA shortly before Christmas.

"Unite remains hopeful that a negotiated settlement which meets our members' aspirations can be achieved and would urge British Airways to engage constructively in meaningful talks to address poverty pay," the trade union said.

BA said that 'mixed fleet' Unite represented 15 per cent of its cabin crew and that the airline was working on a contingency plan to ensure its customers reached their destinations.

It said in a statement that it would give more details on Jan 6 once it had finalised the contingency plan.