ravellers face potential chaos this summer after Heathrow workers voted in a compromise vote ahead of possible strike action.

Unions GMB and Unite said the strike vote date would be confirmed in the next few days after hundreds of their members were employed as ground staff by British Airways and at check-in voted in favor of organizing. office.

GMB country director Nadine Houghton said: “BA has forced our members to take pay cuts during the pandemic, when they have little power in the workplace to fight back.

“Now that our members are back to work and staff shortages are affecting the company – it’s time for them to reclaim what’s theirs.

“These loyal employees have been with BA from thick to thin, keeping passengers moving as staff shortages and IT failures brought operations to a near standstill.”

She said staff had “received incredible abuse from passengers”, adding: “If BA wants to avoid industrial action that will disturb so many people’s summer holidays, they need to do what’s right with check-in staff.”

The ballot is not directly for industrial action but to ask members if they are willing to act later.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said her members “have no choice but to vote for strike action this summer”.

A BA spokesman said: “While this was not a strike vote, it was a disappointing response from this small group, considering our actual offer of 10 bonus points. % this year ahead of planned salary negotiations. Our colleagues are at the heart of our business and we are continuing to communicate with their union representatives.”

Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, said: “This is about pay rate for the job.

“BA has had every opportunity to resolve this dispute through negotiations but has failed to do so.

“Our members have no choice but to vote for strike action this summer.

“Unite will provide its members with clear support until this dispute is resolved.”


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