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BA ground staff at LHR: Summer '22 strike threat suspended after deal agreed

BA ground staff at LHR: Summer '22 strike threat suspended after deal agreed

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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: 7 July/2022, no strike dates have been provided and an agreement in principle has been reached with the Unions. Two weeks notice must be provided by the unions. This means there will be no strikes before 21 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, for example to facilitate a ballot of the agreement. So that suggests there won't be a strike in July and there may well be no strikes at all for this employment group.

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 Jul 2, 22, 5:07 pm
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
I think it's far more revealing that the Unions and BA are saying very little at this stage.
Do you have any thoughts why this is?
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Old Jul 2, 22, 5:17 pm
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it is weird there is NO gossip let alone statements. i hope all ground crew get every cent they are entitled to
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Old Jul 3, 22, 12:32 am
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Originally Posted by wtcmor View Post
Do you have any thoughts why this is?
Hopefully the silence indicates the parties are negotiating 🤞🏻
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Old Jul 3, 22, 2:22 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
Hopefully the silence indicates the parties are negotiating 🤞🏻
However much BA might like to play hard here, they simply cannot afford to IMHO. The court of public opinion is firmly on the employee side and the public’s current perception of BA is that it is in chaos of it’s own making.
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View from the West Side of the Pond: also a Semi Proud Union Member (Our Union Management has some explaining to do in this years union election)

Depending on whether or not, and/or how long the strike goes on my guess is that Public Opinion will bounce back and forth for a week or so between Management and the Unions. After that there will be a fairly long period of both sides being blamed for the problems caused to the innocent bystanders by the Public and both sides will be joint Big Losers. There are plenty of historical examples of unions destroying a company and then the membership is then considerably worse off.

I completely sympathize with the unions on this but there are better ways to deal with this than a long walkout. Work to Rule has been known to make Company Management rethink things and the Union Management should be reminding their members that if the Company away goes so will the jobs. We've had a couple of instances over here where the local union has actually taken the attitude that "We need to provide the best quality" and drags the national union and the company along with them. The best outcome for all concerned.

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But this is not one of the usual industrial disputes. BA reduced staff dramatically during Covid but also reduced the salaries of staff it retained after firing and rehiring them at lower salaries. Now demand is up, BA cannot get enough staff and has restored the higher salaries of management but not these employees. At the same time due to staff shortages, these employees are being asked to work extra days and longer shifts. Initially, the airline refused to even listen to them. In the meantime, inflation has jumped to 10% meaning that even if their previous salaries are restored, they will still be worse off.
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Old Jul 3, 22, 3:24 am
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I agree with what you're saying. We have a huge issue in my union about pay that we should have had been paid, but the government doesn't want to pay us. It was a COVID thing where we were restricted to our ships and the government and and Navy people where heading off their ships for liberty on the same pier. This is not going to be good for several of our officials this year.

If BA management got their money, then the frontline people should as well. I might suggest that since Mr Doyle and the rest of the management team are generally not subject to the Hours of Service rules they should be pulling shifts on the line dealing with the problems caused by their poor decision making. Also the Union management should be pulling a few shifts as well since they obviously dropped the ball as well
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Old Jul 7, 22, 4:29 am
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Encouraging noises reported by the BBC today: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62076602
Unions representing about 700 staff at Heathrow Airport could be close to a deal with British Airways that would avert strikes this summer.

Following nine hours of negotiations on Wednesday, an "agreement in principle" is now being discussed, the BBC understands.

Such an deal could be signed later on Thursday and would then be put to a ballot of GMB and Unite union members.

Union sources said a "good offer" on pay is on the table.
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It is not clear whether that pay cut will be fully reversed, and over what time scale, but unions are positive about the offer that is on the table for those employees.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 4:38 am
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Encouraging noises reported by the BBC today: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62076602
I hope so, flying on a long haul work trip in just over 2 weeks...
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Old Jul 7, 22, 5:57 am
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Sky News says strikes suspended after better offer. Well thats good news.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 6:19 am
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Originally Posted by rolandrat View Post
Sky News says strikes suspended after better offer. Well thats good news.
Here are the important bits:
British Airways (BA) workers have suspended a strike that had been planned at Heathrow during the school summer holidays after receiving a "vastly improved" pay offer from the airline.

After extensive negotiations, the Unite and GMB unions said an agreement was reached and members involved in the dispute would now vote on the proposed offer.

More than 700 check-in staff and ground-handling agents had voted for industrial action, seeking to reverse a 10% pay cut imposed during the pandemic when global lockdowns grounded flights.

Around 13,000 jobs had also been cut by BA.

The airline had previously offered a 10% one-off bonus, but not a return to the same pay as before.
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Details of BA's new offer were not disclosed.
https://news.sky.com/story/british-a...-says-12647345
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Old Jul 7, 22, 6:38 am
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Id be highly surprised if BA didnt back down for this and agree something with the unions. Like how BA had an upper hand against unions during 2020 with the so-called fire and rehire redundancy consultations, at this point in time BA are almost completely at the mercy of unions. If a strike were to go ahead it would be absolutely disastrous financially for BA just as it predicts returning to profitability by next quarter! If a strike does go ahead, then that would probably curtains for Doyle too in the process.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 6:53 am
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Some people might argue that if there is a reduction in flights for the next few months at least, then would there be a need for all these staff on potentially higher wages?
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Old Jul 7, 22, 7:27 am
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Some people might argue that if there is a reduction in flights for the next few months at least, then would there be a need for all these staff on potentially higher wages?
You could argue that but the whole reason for the cancellations is a lack of staff. A staff body the airline is desperate to hold onto as loosing them would plunge even more flights into the cancellation chasm.
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Old Jul 7, 22, 8:40 am
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It was a disgraceful and inept handling of pay, and for probably the first time in my life actually (mentally) supported strike action. It has been a shameful action by BA.
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