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BA ground staff at LHR: potential strike action, July 2022

BA ground staff at LHR: potential strike action, July 2022

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British Airway's employed ground staff, based mainly at LHR. have voted in favour of strike action in respect of a dispute relating to pay and conditions. This strike ballot is valid for 6 months, and allows the unions to nominate strike dates, provided the employer has 2 weeks notice of the strike. The general tendency in the UK is for relatively short strike dates, typically a day or two, but several of them separate by several days.

Updated: 2/July/2022, no strike dates have been provided - 2 weeks notice must be provided by the unions. This means there will be no strikes before 17 July 2022. However though the ballot is valid 6 months, the first strike needs to be within 4 weeks, which is 23 July 2022. This can extended by a further 4 weeks if the employer agrees. So that suggests the first strike date could be between 17 and 22 July, but probably towards the back end of that timeframe. Negotiations will almost certainly be going on to avert the strike.

Those involved in this strike are check-in staff, baggage handlers, lounge staff, gate agents, some turnaround managers, and related airport staff. Cabin and flight crew are not in this dispute. LGW and LCY flights are not in this dispute. Contract ground agents - at LHR and out stations - are also not involved. Some roles can be performed by management, but it is unlikely that core activties at LHR Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 can avoid significant disruption. If flights are disrupted by strkes then usually BA allows people to move their flights to alternative dates and other arrangements (e.g. rebooking on AA). There is a separate dispute being worked through involving call centre staff and engineers, but there is no ballot at this point, so any strike is some way off.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:45 am
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The strike is on.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:46 am
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Sky News saying "school summer holidays" - when is that?!
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by stevebintley View Post
Sky News saying "school summer holidays" - when is that?!
Third weekend of July (so 16th July or so) onwards. Legally, unions have to give 2 weeks notice of strike action. Also, according to the Telegraph article I read, the GMB represents 700 workers at BA Heathrow, which feels lowish.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by stevebintley View Post
Sky News saying "school summer holidays" - when is that?!
English school holidays start from the 21 July I believe.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:54 am
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BBC news saying specific dates will be announced 2nd half of July and August
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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:55 am
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Also, 95% in favour on an 81% turnout does not suggest a happy ship.
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Originally Posted by stevebintley View Post
Sky News saying "school summer holidays" - when is that?!
Varies by council area but in England most will close on 22 July for 6 weeks.
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Vote to strike has passed, minimum 14 days notice to actually walk out (I doubt BA management will agree to a reduced notice period) but still chance for negotiations now the unions have a strike mandate
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From the telegraph:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/202...L0OVPefT17Z7PE


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Old Jun 23, 22, 7:58 am
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So this is the GMB LHR check-in/ground staff ballot. Believe the Unite ballot result is due on Monday (also LHR).
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BBC news saying specific dates will be announced 2nd half of July and August
Meaning specific dates for strikes which will take place in the second half of July and the second half of August will be announced now?
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Come on Sean, listen to your people and do some meaningful negotiation. Prove you're different from Cruz.
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I may well be affected by this but I don’t blame the staff at all. To not reinstate the pay cut enforced during the pandemic is downright outrageous. This needs to be dealt with asap.
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Gatwick, what happens there?
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