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Britons face summer holiday travel chaos as British Airways votes to strike at Heathrow Airport and hundreds vow to get out

The BRITS have been warned to prepare for more holiday hell after British Airways workers at Heathrow voted to go on strike this summer.

BA check-in and ground staff who belong to the GMB and Unite unions will walk out in a row over pay, it has been announced.

Huge queues to enter Heathrow terminal were seen yesterday


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


Huge piles of luggage have been spotted at airports as chaos continuesCredit: Twitter

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

A whopping 95% of those polled today favored the action, with workers ending the tools as early as July 8.

Around 700 staff are now expected to leave, joining strikers working for Ryanair and easyJet.

It comes as GMB seeks to reverse a 10% pay cut imposed on workers during the pandemic.

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BA says it has offered a one-time 10% bonus, but not a return to the same pay as before – and union bosses say the ‘one-off’ fee is not enough.

Instead, they are demanding a full salary refund.

GMB representative Nadine Houghton blasted: “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.

“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?”

She said it was ‘not too late to save summer vacation’ as other workers have had their pay cuts reversed.

It’s not too late to save the summer holidays – this industrial action can be nipped in the bud

Nadine Houghton

“Do the same for ground and check-in staff and this industrial action may be nipped in the bud,” she warned.

A BA spokesperson said the airline was “hugely disappointed”, although it tried to reassure customers that the strike would involve one in two members of the Heathrow-based team in supporting roles. contact with customers.

“We remain fully committed to discussing with our unions their concerns,” they said.

“We hope that together we can find a way to reach an agreement in the best interest of our employees and our customers.”

The summer strikes are the latest blow amid days of strike chaos as Britain’s railways come to a miserable halt again today.

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

Talks between the hardline RMT and Network Rail to avoid today’s walkout collapsed in acrimony last night.

At airports across the country, travelers are already feeling the pressure of a widespread staffing crisis.

Passengers have been devastated by last-minute flight cancellations, huge queues and lost luggage as airports struggle to cope.

The airline EasyJet plans to cut nearly 10,000 more flights.

The cancellations – which will likely include flights to holiday destinations like Greece and Spain – will take place in July, August and September.

It has already cut 7% of the 16,000 trips it is expected to make between July and September.

Earlier this week, more than 15,000 passengers were left behind after Heathrow Airport canceled 10% of its air travel.

It looks like this:

Photos taken at airports across the country showed vacation hopefuls spread across floors with bags stacked in the carnage of travel.

And industry executives have said the summer is unlikely to get any better.

Asked if things will improve, Oliver Richardson, Unite’s national officer for civil air transport, replied: “Unless we work together, no.”

This was echoed by Swissport chief executive Jude Winstanley, as well as Airline Operators Association chief executive Karen Dee.

Mr Richardson said there was a ‘correlation’ between which airlines made major job cuts during the pandemic and which are canceling the most flights right now.

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

The two airlines had the most cancellations.

Travelers are seen queuing through security at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday


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


Heathrow Airport is already struggling with staffing issuesCredit: AP

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