British Airways workers will strike for 24 hours during the August Bank Holiday weekend unless a pay row is settled. The GMB industrial action is scheduled for either 27, 28, 29 or 30 August and is set to cause chaos over one of the year’s busiest periods for travel. The strike will affect only Heathrow and Gatwick and is set to run from 0330 GMT until 0330 GMT the following day. Six UK airports could be hit, however, if more BA employees vote to strike in a TGWU ballot due later this week. Union officials are currently working on a new proposal, that they say could avert the strike if it is approved by BA.
Allan Black, a negotiator for the GMB trade union, is to contact other worker representatives to discuss the new plan. “If the other unions are prepared to adopt this position, it will be raised with the company as a way of resolving the dispute,” he said.
“We are still talking with the trade unions and remain keen to avert any threat of a strike through negotiation. During this process, talk of strike dates is unhelpful and unwelcome and we urge the trade unions to pull back from such a damaging course of action,” a BA statement said.