British Air Flight Attendants to Strike

London -- Flight attendants for British Airways plan to strike beginning next week after their union and management hit an impasse Sunday in labor negotiations.

A walkout is scheduled Jan. 29-31, with additional strikes planned Feb. 6-8 and Feb. 12-14 if the dispute isn't resolved., according to the Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G), which represents about 75 percent of British Airways' 14,000 cabin crew members.

Any strike at British Airways, Europe's third-largest airline, will cause "massive disruption for customers," the company said in a statement.

"We are extremely disappointed that the T&G cabin crew union have walked away from negotiations and issued a direct threat to the travel plans of hundreds of thousands of our customers," the airline said.

The union's general secretary, Jack Dromey, told BBC television that the flight attendants have been "pushed too far" by British Airways over issues such as sick-leave policies, pensions, and pay.

Passengers holding tickets for British Airways flights scheduled from Jan. 29 through Feb. 16 may change their reservations without additional charge, the airline said.

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