July 5, 2017 / 4:21 PM / in a month

British Airways crew to extend strike for two weeks: union

Members of British Airways cabin crew and the union Unite protest outside the Qatar Airways offices in London, Britain July 5, 2017.Neil Hall

(Reuters) - The Unite trade union has said the members of its British Airways mixed fleet will go on strike for a further 14 days starting July 19.

British Airways, owned by International Airlines Group (ICAG.L), cabin crew has been in a long-running dispute over pay, and has been on strike several times already in 2017.

The current action is in addition to a 16-day strike currently underway, which began on July 1, the union said on Wednesday.

"In the current strike period, we are operating 99.5 percent of our normal schedule. Instead of calling further completely unnecessary strikes, Unite should allow its members a vote on the pay deal we reached two months ago," British Airways told Reuters.

Reporting by Abinaya Vijayaraghavan in Bengaluru; Edited by Martina D'Couto

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