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British Airways Staff to Strike for 20 Days

April 21: British Airways  aircraft are seen parked at Heathrow airport in west London. (AP)

April 21: British Airways aircraft are seen parked at Heathrow airport in west London. (AP)

British Airways cabin crew are to strike for 20 days starting Tuesday, May 18, trade union bosses said Monday.

The second wave of strikes, held over a 23 day period, will involve up to 12,000 staff. Members of the trade union Unite voted not to accept a proposal from the airline which would have ended a year-long row over jobs and staffing allowances.

British Airways (BA) have accused Unite of "orchestrating" rejection of a "very fair" offer it said addressed all the concerns raised during 14 months of talks.

The strike poses potential problems for British families going on holiday during the school half-term holiday and for soccer fans heading to South Africa for the start of the World Cup, Sky news reported.