Hopefully you’re not flying British Airways from London Heathrow next week. The company is canceling all flights on Tuesday and Wednesday due to an impending strike by cabin crew. Though BA still hopes to reach a temporary agreement with the Transport and General Workers union, according to BA chief executive Willie Walsh, better to cancel the flights now so passengers have time “to make alternate arrangements.”
Additional walkouts are set for Feb 5-7 and Feb 12-14 if no agreement is reached — although the union has scaled back its strike plans from three days next week to two, as a gesture of goodwill.
There’s the usual bickering and grandstanding on both sides of the fence — “we tried, but the unreasonable guys on the other side rejected our offer,” etc. The real loss is felt by the hundreds of thousands of people who need to re-adjust or re-schedule their travel plans.