British Airways workers at London’s Heathrow airport have voted to strike this summer over pay, the BBC has reported.
About 700 members, mostly check-in staff, of both the Unite and GMB unions are ready to strike, but the dates have not yet been set, according to the report. Workers must give two weeks’ notice to the airline before carrying out any strike, according to a Reuters report. The action was due to a 10 percent pay cut imposed during the pandemic that has not been reinstated.
British Airways, which operates out of terminals three and five at Heathrow, was “extremely disappointed” with the ballot results, and said it has plans to cover staff if the strike goes ahead, according to the BBC report. Still, there could be disruptions as the industry is already dealing with staff shortages leading to cancellations amid strong demand.
The strike is “toying with the livelihoods of business people, threatening companies across the country and destroying much anticipated holidays,” according to a statement from the Business Travel Association.