Britons face travel chaos during summer holidays when British Airways votes to strike at Heathrow airport and hundreds promise to go out

BRITS has been warned to prepare for more holiday hell after British Airways workers at Heathrow voted for a strike this summer.

BA check-in and ground staff belonging to the unions GMB and Unite will go out in a row over salaries, it has been announced.


Large queues to enter the terminal building at Heathrow were seen yesterdayCredit: Tom Bowles / Story Picture Agency
Large piles of luggage have been discovered at airports as the chaos continues


Large piles of luggage have been discovered at airports as the chaos continuesCredit: Twitter

The move will turn the screws on families who are desperate for a hard-earned break after weeks of misery and chaos at airports across the country.

As many as 95 per cent of those surveyed today were in favor of implementing measures, with workers putting down tools as early as 8 July.

Around 700 employees are now expected to go out and join strikers working for Ryanair and easyJet.

It comes as GMB tries to reverse a 10 percent pay cut for workers imposed during the pandemic.

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BA says they have offered a 10 percent one-time bonus, but not back to the same salary as before – and union leaders say that the “one-time fee” is not enough.

Instead, they demand full payback.

GMB representative Nadine Houghton said: “With bleak predictability, holidaymakers are facing massive disruption thanks to the cruelty of British Airways.

“BA has tried to offer our members crumbs from the table in the form of a 10 percent one-time bonus, but this does not cut mustard.

“Our members must get back the 10 percent they had stolen from them last year with full arrears and the 10 percent bonus that other colleagues have been paid.

“GMB members at Heathrow have suffered countless abuses while dealing with travel chaos caused by staff shortages and IT failures.

“At the same time, they have had their salaries cut under BA’s relentless fire and employment policy.

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She said that “it is not too late to save the summer holidays” as other workers have had their pay cuts reversed.

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Nadine Houghton

“Do the same for the ground and check-in staff, and this act of combat may be stopped,” she warned.

A BA spokesman said the airline was “extremely disappointed”, although they tried to reassure customers that the strike would involve one of two of the Heathrow-based team in customer-facing roles.

“We are still fully committed to talking to our unions about their concerns,” they said.

“We hope that together we can find a way to reach an agreement for the benefit of our people and our customers.”

The summer trips are the latest battle in the middle of days of strike chaos, as Britain’s railways stopped again today.

And it could get worse, as fears of militant unions are already drawing up plans for a crippling second wave of strikes in just two weeks.

Talks between hardline RMT and Network Rail to avert today’s walkout collapsed into bitterness last night.

At airports across the country, travelers are already feeling the effects of a major staffing crisis.

Passengers have been crushed by last-minute cancellations, huge queues and lost luggage while airports are struggling to cope.

EasyJet is reportedly planning to remove nearly 10,000 MORE flights.

The cancellations – which are likely to include flights to resorts such as Greece and Spain – will take place in July, August and September.

It has already scrapped seven percent of the 16,000 trips it is expected to run between July and September.

Earlier this week, more than 15,000 passengers were stranded after Heathrow Airport canceled ten percent of its flights.

It comes as:

Photos taken at airports up and down the country have shown holiday hopes scattered across the floors with bags accumulating in the travel blood.

And industry leaders said it was unlikely the summer would get any better.

Asked if things will get better, Oliver Richardson, Unite National Officer for Civil Air Transport, said: “Unless we work together, no.”

This was repeated by Swissport’s CEO Jude Winstanley, along with the CEO of the Airline Operators Association, Karen Dee.

Richardson said there was a “correlation” between airlines that made major cuts during the pandemic and those who canceled most flights right now.

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British Airways laid off around 10,000 employees, followed by easyJet which laid off 2,000.

Both airlines have had the most cancellations.

Travelers are seen queuing at the security checkpoint at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday


Travelers are seen queuing at the security checkpoint at Heathrow Airport on WednesdayCredit: AP
Heathrow Airport is already struggling with staffing issues


Heathrow Airport is already struggling with staffing issuesCredit: AP