British Airways employees based at Heathrow International Consolidated Airlines Group SA have decided to strike over salary.
Industrial action was supported by GMB and Unite members.
The unions warned of a summer of strikes and said that vacationers will experience inconvenience.
Employees, including those who work in check-in, will now choose the dates of any strikes, which the union predicted would most likely take place throughout the busiest summer vacation time.
The pig-headedness of British Airways is causing severe disruption for vacationers, according to Nadine Houghton, national officer for the GMB.
‘BA have attempted to offer our members table scraps in the shape of a 10% one-time bonus payment, but this isn’t good enough.
“Our members deserve to be given back the 10% that was stolen from them last year, along with their full back pay and the 10% bonus that other coworkers have received.”
As they attempt to control the travel mayhem brought on by staff shortages and IT issues, GMB members at Heathrow have endured unspeakable abuse.
In addition, due to BA’s callous fire and rehire policy, their income has been reduced.
What did BA believe would occur?
It’s still possible to save the summer break because other BA employees had their wage reductions reversed.
Do the same for the ground workers and check-in staff, and this strike may be stopped in its tracks.
When asked if she would book a flight with BA in the coming months, Houghton responded, “Not at this stage,” to BBC Radio 4’s PM program.
The issues British Airways is having are entirely of its own doing, according to Oliver Richardson, national officer for aviation at Unite.
Even though the government was paying them to save jobs, it savagely reduced positions and pay during the pandemic.
“In this disagreement, they have insulted this workforce by cutting managers’ compensation by 10% and then restoring it to them at the expense of our workers.”
The dedicated employees of BA are being treated like second-class citizens, and they won’t stand for it any longer.
The services provided by BA at Heathrow will unavoidably be severely disrupted by strike action.
Before strikes are called, the employer has a limited window of time to resume the salary of our members. I implore BA not to blow that chance.
Downing Street urged BA to implement backup plans, claiming that a strike would only increase travelers’ “misery” at airports.
Spokesman for No. 10: “We would strongly encourage both to come together to find a settlement. This is obviously a matter for British Airways and the unions.
“We don’t want to see any more passenger inconvenience, and a strike would only make things worse for travelers at airports.”
“The Department of Transport will obviously work closely to look at what contingency measures BA could put in place, and we expect BA to put in place contingency measures to ensure that there is as little disruption as possible and that where there is disruption, passengers can be refunded,” the statement reads.
The GMB said that 91 percent of its members supported industrial action, while Unite reported that 94 percent of its members agreed.
We are very dissatisfied with the outcome and the unions’ decision to pursue this line of action, according to a statement from BA.
We offered a 10% payment, which was accepted by the majority of our coworkers in spite of the incredibly difficult circumstances and losses of more than £4 billion.
“We are absolutely dedicated to working together to find a solution, because we need to work as a team to deliver for our customers and restore our business.”
As the situation develops, “We will of course keep our consumers updated about what this entails for them.”