Heathrow Airport Unite union workers announced their latest strike dates couple of days ago resulting from a lack of agreement over wage negotiations of 2.7% increase over 18 months.
The 4000+ members of Unite, who work as security guards, technicians and engineers and other passenger service handling are set to walk out on the following days:
- Friday 26th July,
- Saturday 27th July,
- Monday 5th August,
- Tuesday 6th August,
- Friday 23rd August,
- Saturday 24th August.
These dates are quite obviously timed for maximum disruption given the weekend dates, in particular the August Bank Holiday weekend in England.
This could be further compounded by approximately 500 out of 4500 BA pilots who are members of the British Airways Pilots' Association (Balpa) also threatening to strike. Their ballot is due to end on 22nd July with an earliest possible strike date of 5th August which coincides with one of the Unite date above. The confirmed dates are pending the result of the ballot.
It is unclear which specific flights are affected although British Airways has an A350-1000 due for delivery on 26th July (I am scheduled to attend) and its inaugural flight for 5th August (someone from PTBM will also attend, though I personally will not be there) so given the amount of media attendees I am sure BA will do everything within its powers to make sure these take place.