BRITS have been warned to brace for more holiday hell after British Airways workers at Heathrow voted to 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's been announced.Huge queues to get into the terminal building at Heathrow were seen yesterdayCredit: Tom Bowles / Story Picture Agency Huge piles of luggage have been spotted at airports as chaos continuesCredit: Twitter
Families with summer holiday plans must now brace for even more chaos at airports.
Meanwhile, members of the Unite union have balloted 500 BA check-in staff at the same airport in a vote which will close on Monday.
The strikes are protesting a 10 per cent cut in pay imposed on staff during the pandemic.
BA claim to have offered a 10 per cent payment to staff to compensate for earnings lost - but union bosses say this "one-off" fee is not enough.
They are calling for a full salary reimbursement instead.
The proposed summer walk-outs are the latest blow amid days of strike chaos, as Britain's railways grinded to a miserable halt again today.
And it could get worse, as fears militant unions are already drawing up plans for a crippling second wave of strikes in just two weeks.
And in airports, travellers are already feeling the strain of a wide-spread staffing crisis.
Passengers have been devastated by last-minute flight cancellations, huge queues and lost baggage as airports struggle to cope.
EasyJet airline reportedly plans to cut almost 10,000 MORE flights.
The cancellations – which are likely to include flights to holiday hotspots like Greece and Spain – will take place during July, August and September.
It has already scrapped seven per cent of the 16,000 journeys it is expected to run between July and September.
Earlier this week, more than 15,000 passengers were left in the lurch after Heathrow Airport cancelled ten per cent of its plane journeys.
It comes as:Britain's railways ground to a miserable halt AGAIN on another day of strike chaos And teachers could be next to join the picket lines after the union demanded a 12 per cent pay rise by September Air travel is no better, with easyJet reportedly planning to cut almost 10,000 flights this summer And 15,000 passengers were left in the lurch after Heathrow Airport cancelled ten per cent of its plane journeys this week Hundreds of suitcases piled up at Heathrow airport in ground-staff chaos Leaders in the industry said it was unlikely the summer was going to get any better for travel plans.
Photos taken at airports up and down the country have shown holiday hopefuls spread out across the floors with bags piling up in the travel carnage.
And leaders in the industry said it was unlikely the summer was going to get any better.
When asked if things will improve, Oliver Richardson, Unite National Officer for Civil Air Transport, said: "Unless we work together, no."
This was echoed by Swissport's Managing Director Jude Winstanley, along with Airline Operators Association Chief Executive Karen Dee.
Mr Richardson said there was a "correlation" between airlines that made large job cuts during the pandemic and those cancelling the most flights right now.
British Airways made around 10,000 staff redundant, followed by easyJet who axed 2,000.
Both airlines have had the most cancellations.Travellers are seen queuing at security at Heathrow Airport on WednesdayCredit: AP Heathrow Airport is already struggling with staffing issuesCredit: AP