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Risk of additional BA strikes as extra employees consulted

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Industrial motion at British Airways may unfold additional throughout the UK as unions seek the advice of with extra employees over whether or not to stage strikes over pay.

About 700 largely check-in employees at Heathrow Airport have already voted to strike over the summer time holidays.

But the GMB and Unite unions are additionally consulting engineers and name centre employees at Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on taking motion.

BA stated it was “fully committed to work together to find a solution”.

On Wednesday, tons of of BA employees backed strike motion over a 10% pay lower launched in the course of the pandemic.

The airline has provided employees a one-off fee, equal to 10% of their wage, however GMB members at Heathrow need the total pay lower reversed.

BA stated it had made an “offer of a 10% payment which was accepted by the majority of other colleagues”. The BBC understands this contains floor operations, engineering and cabin crew employees, who’re additionally represented by Unite and GMB.

The wider session poll is separate to the Heathrow concern and about wider considerations over pay.

A spokesman for the GMB, stated: “Thousands of BA engineers at Heathrow, Gatwick and in Scotland along with call centre staff in Newcastle and Manchester are in the middle of consultative ballot for possible industrial action in a row over pay.”

GMB common secretary Gary Smith advised BBC Breakfast: “I don’t think this is going to stop with customer check-in staff. There are many of our members across the BA business who are sick to death of the cuts within the company.

“They’ve seen the corporate being run into the bottom over a few years, they’re very offended concerning the cynical exploitation of the pandemic by the folks on the prime of BA and other people need to see the pay and circumstances restored.”

The consultation is being undertaken to gauge turnout as well as what action workers may want to take. It is the stage before a formal ballot would take place over industrial action.

Holidaymakers and other travellers risk disruption to their journeys if unions for check-in workers at Heathrow and BA are unable to reach an agreement.

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Nearly 1.8 million BA customers are set to fly out from Heathrow during July, according to aviation data firm Cirium, during which school holidays begin across the nation.

Schools in England and Wales break-up on 22 July while summer holidays in Scotland and Northern Ireland begin on 1 July.

The earliest Heathrow workers could go on strike would be from around 7 July. Unions legally have to give a company 14 days notice to prepare for action.

Unions have yet to specify dates for the strike but an announcement is expected early next week.

BA stated: “We will after all preserve our prospects up to date about what this implies for them because the state of affairs evolves.”

The company, which is owned by International Airlines Group, has already cut 10% of its flights between March and October.

Airlines and airports have struggled to cope with a resurgence in demand for travel following the Covid lockdown when the industry cut thousands of jobs as international travel ground to a halt.

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