British Airways cabin crew are to hold a further 20 days of strike action following their rejection of the company's latest offer in a ballot last week, their union Unite has announced.

Members of Unite are to strike from 18-22 May, 24-28 May, 30 May-3 June and 5-9 June.

Unite's joint general secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley say: "Passengers and investors alike will be dismayed that British Airways' management rejected an approach by the union over the weekend, after their offer had been comprehensively turned down by their own employees.

"Cabin crew are left with no choice but to take further strike action. There can be no industrial peace without meaningful negotiations and while management victimises trade unionists and uses disciplinary procedures in a witch-hunt.

"The seven days notice period is sufficient time for BA management to do the sensible thing and reopen meaningful negotiations."

Unite says it is also intending to hold a further ballot of BA cabin crew over issues which have arisen from "the company's conduct during the dispute".

BA says: "We are disappointed that Unite has announced that it intends to take further strike action. We are currently considering our response so we can minimise any disruption during this strike period."

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news