BA cabin crew will strike for four separate five-day stints in May and June after Unite rejected the airline’s latest offer. The first strike will begin on 18 May until 22 May, with the other strikes beginning on 24 May, 30 May and 5 June. A total of 81% of the union’s members rejected BA’s peace offer regarding the14-month dispute over pay and working conditions. In a statement released today, BA said it was “saddened but not surprised that Unite has announced further plans for extensive disruption for potentially hundreds of thousands of our customers over a busy period that includes the May half-term holidays. This decision has no semblance of justification. Unite’s officials continue to operate in their own world, showing callous disregard for our customers and their own members in all parts of our airline”. “The seven days notice period is sufficient time for BA management to do the sensible thing and reopen meaningful negotiations,” said Unite General Secretaries Derek Simpson and Tony Woodley, although BA has said its offer is still available. BA flights to and from Gatwick and London City airports are not affected and will operate as normal. A substantial part of the airline’s longhaul schedule will depart from Heathrow, as will a number of daily flights to every destination on its shorthaul network. “We are speaking to a number of carriers about leasing in extra aircraft to support our shorthaul schedule and also obtaining thousands of seats from other airlines to help our customers rebook if their original flight is cancelled,” said BA.