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Possibility of BA employees going on strike [LHR/LGW based pilots]

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Has a strike been called yet?
No, not at the moment but BALPA, the pilots' union, has voted in favour of strike action, and the Court of Appeal has rejected BA's submission to have the poll set aside, so the legal process is now over. However, the two parties went back into talks after the legal proceedings and those talks are expected to continue into the week of 5 August. So there will be no strike for the time being, and any strike announced would normally require 2 weeks notice under UK legislation. The earliest possible strike date is now 31 August 2019.

What flights may be affected?
LHR and LGW based flights. Not LCY or STN flights. Both cabin and flight crew are in dispute with BA, but the pilots (captains, senior first officers, first officers) are closest to strike action.

How long would a strike last?
This is unknown, however it's quite common in the UK to announce a set of one or two day strikes, with normal working in between. It would be rare for there to be a full time strike.

What would happen to my flights if it is a strike day?
A range of options will usually be announced, see post 238 below for more information.: https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/brit...l#post31288241

Can I do anything with an existing booking now?
No, BA won't announce options until a strike day is called. Unless your ticket is flexible or has low change fees then there won't be a lot you can do.

What about Heathrow staff - aren't their strikes planned there too?
Yes there is a separate dispute at the moment between Heathrow Airport (HAL) and their staff such as those who operate the security checkpoints. See the separate thread on the issue.

Am I protected by EC261 if there is a problem?
You are always covered by the RIght to Care provisions of Regulation EC261. You could potentially be able to claim for delays and cancellations caused by BA staff too, but not for HAL strikes. See the main EC261 thread in the BA Forum Dashboard.
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Old Jun 14, 19, 2:56 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
The FCO advises against travel to the 'Stans, tribal and the periphery of Pakistan, it advises against all but essential travel to places like Quetta and parts of Sindh. However there is no advice against travel to Islamabad or the area around it, which I visited recently and is safe for Westerners to walk or cycle around.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/pakistan
Seriously!?!?!? Business or pleasure?

Either way the staff are not happy about the situation and I would just hope BA put on an armed escort getting them to and from the hotel and the hotel is fully protected.
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Old Jun 14, 19, 6:08 pm
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All the discussion here seems to be about a potential strike only affecting LGW. But there seems to be nothing about the rest of the BA pilots who last week rejected BA's offer and are planning a strike vote. That would disrupt more than just LGW flights.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 3:51 am
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Originally Posted by Waterhorse View Post


It has been raised by many in the places where it matters. It has been raised vociferously and at the highest levels. Pilots and crew have raised their concerns where it is apt.
Have fun if you get stuck in the Pearl Continental hotel. Stay away from window seats in the restaurant. In the old days if you could get your Doctor to register you as an acoholic, you could get beer on room service. You needed to show a Doctors letter on check in.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 4:37 am
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Have fun if you get stuck in the Pearl Continental hotel. Stay away from window seats in the restaurant. In the old days if you could get your Doctor to register you as an acoholic, you could get beer on room service. You needed to show a Doctors letter on check in.
In the Marriott beer is freely available in the sports bar, or room service, 800 rupees a tinnie, about £4. Which is regarded as very expensive there.
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Old Jun 15, 19, 4:49 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
In the Marriott beer is freely available in the sports bar, or room service, 800 rupees a tinnie, about £4. Which is regarded as very expensive there.
About time things changed for the better.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 7:55 am
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BA Pilots Strike?

Head for points just reported that BALPA have given BA 7 days notice of intention to hold strike ballot
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:02 am
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I expect the cabin crew union BASSA to also be balloting shortly.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:02 am
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FML. Thank you so much.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:04 am
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All unions have rejected an 11.5% pay rise over 3 years:
4% Year 1
3.5% Year 2
4% Year 3
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:09 am
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This only going to affect LGW or LHR also?
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:11 am
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:26 am
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Strike ballot taking place in the run up to the school holidays. Coincidence? I think not.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:27 am
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If they’re balloting in 7 days, how soon would any strike likely to be?
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:28 am
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Originally Posted by andymcdonnell View Post
If they’re balloting in 7 days, how soon would any strike likely to be?
Probably just in time for the start of the school holidays. I'm sure that's the aim anyway.
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Old Jun 19, 19, 8:44 am
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Swell. Due to fly to US on 3rd July
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