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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 Jun 23, 22, 10:00 am
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I can usually see the arguments of both sides in a labour dispute but in this case BA management are 100% in the wrong. Hopefully they will quickly come to their senses. Surely the relatively low cost of settling the dispute must be better than the reputational damage to the company from a summer strike.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:11 am
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Wish theyd announce the damn strike dates. Just booked backup Norwegian flight LGW-ARN the day before our BA LHR-ARN booking because I saw on expert flyer that BA were only selling JYB tickets for those two days which suggests they believe theyll need the space for reaccomodation or because one or both days will be cancelled. Flights look empty on seatmap.

Felt a bit guilty taking up space on Norwegian but its a necessary insurance policy because prices are going up and up and theres no reward space available on either day: if BA or the union would just announce the dates I wouldnt be creating follow-on problems for other people by buying tickets I have no intention of using if I can avoid it
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:16 am
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Damm Unions....
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:37 am
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Damm Unions....
Seriously? This is a company taking the piss out of its workers. This is entirely the fault of the company.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:50 am
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Just preparing for the worstWhat are those who end up on a cancelled flight entitled to?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:53 am
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Just preparing for the worstWhat are those who end up on a cancelled flight entitled to?
Refund/rebooking.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by Bohinjska Bistrica View Post
Refund/rebooking.
Thanks. Wasnt sure if they were obliged to try to find alternative flights with rival airlines.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 11:58 am
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Just preparing for the worstWhat are those who end up on a cancelled flight entitled to?
A ruined holiday for 9 people in the south of france.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:21 pm
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Just preparing for the worstWhat are those who end up on a cancelled flight entitled to?
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Refund/rebooking.
But you can't pour a litre into a pint pot. If flights are cancelled and the next is full you won't be getting on that either. Buckle up folks it's gonna be a bumpy ride...
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:27 pm
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What if flight is cancelled and you booked using Avios + 241?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:30 pm
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What if flight is cancelled and you booked using Avios + 241?
makes no difference.. your rights to rebooking are the same as a cash ticket - worry not.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:33 pm
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Thanks. If i remember from previous strikes, you could re-book a few days before or after strike dates....may be the same this time....?
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:34 pm
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Rebooking would be into a commercial fare, not just redemption available seats? Just triple checking....
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:39 pm
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Rebooking would be into a commercial fare, not just redemption available seats? Just triple checking....
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Thanks. If i remember from previous strikes, you could re-book a few days before or after strike dates....may be the same this time....?
Yes BA will move you without award seats actually being available if recent protocols are re-followed. More news will be forthcoming the nearer we get to the actual event assuming the strikes go ahead.

If you're flexible youre golden, if you gotta be on such a flight on such a day you may find your self between a rock and a hard place. Fingers crossed.
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Old Jun 23, 22, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by AirbusA350 View Post
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.
Agreed- some posturing from BA to try and avoid looking like a total capitulation but right now there is no other way for them. Even the starting positions are very close- make the 10% once-off offer into a permanent rise in pay.

BA already skewered their biggest pay and pension liabilities at the start of covid by axeing the WW fleet so I just cant see them being willing to accept the sort of publicity and revenue loss they would get from summer strikes.
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