Now British Airways workers are voting to strike – and targeting summer getaway for maximum impact

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GMB National Agent Nadine Houghton accused BA of pursuing a ‘ruthless fire and rehire policy’ and that the unrest is now ‘starting to spread like wildfire to other groups of BA workers and many more are now considering voting out.”

The union leader said earlier in the month: ‘British Airways faces a grueling summer of travel chaos if it does not give these workers what is rightfully theirs.’

Nadine Houghton, Country Manager for GMB, said: “With grim predictability, holidaymakers are facing massive disruption thanks to the stubbornness of British Airways.

“BA has tried to offer our members crumbs from the table in the form of a one-time 10% bonus payment, but that doesn’t cut the mustard.

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“Our members need to get back the 10% they stole from them last year with full back pay and the 10% bonus that other colleagues received.

“GMB members at Heathrow have suffered untold abuse as they deal with travel chaos caused by understaffing and IT outages.

“At the same time, their pay has been cut during BA’s ruthless fire and rehire policy.

“What did BA think was going to happen?

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“It’s not too late to save the summer holidays – other BA employees have had their pay cuts reversed.

“Do the same for ground and check-in staff and this industrial action can be nipped in the bud.”

“BA faces a problem entirely of its own making”

Unite officer Russ Ball said: ‘The problems British Airways is facing are entirely its own fault. It has brutally cut jobs and wages during the pandemic, even though the government was paying them to save jobs .

“In the case of this dispute, they insulted this workforce, cutting salaries by 10% only to return them to the executives but not to our members.

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“BA treats its loyal employees like second-class citizens and they won’t tolerate it for a moment longer.

“A strike will inevitably cause severe disruption to BA services at Heathrow.

“The company has a short window of opportunity to restore our members’ wages before the strikes begin. I urge BA not to waste this opportunity.”

GMB members voted 91% in favor of the industrial action while Unite said 94% of its members supported the action.

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