British Airways Gears Up for Next Week’s Strike

British Airways, Labor Relations, Oneworld

bastrikeI haven’t really talked about the impending strike over at British Airways because I was hoping it would be averted. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

The strike will be by the TGWU union which repesents about 14,000 of BA’s flight attendants. What are they fighting over? Well, I like this commentary‘s take on the situation. Though it appears to be over the matter of sick days and the elimination of one purser position on every 747 flight, it’s actually a much bigger fight over the future of the airline.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you’re traveling to the UK next week, watch out. It’s going to be an ugly one. BA announced that it’s pre-canceling flights, but you can check here for the most up to date info:

  • Tuesday, Jan 30 – No flights will operate from Heathrow to the US/Canada and from Gatwick to Tampa, Bermuda, and Barbados. All flights to London will operate as scheduled from the US/Canada. No short haul European/UK flights will operate from Heathrow or Gatwick.
  • Wednesday, Jan 31 – All flights between the US/Canada and London are canceled. No short haul European/UK flights will operate from Heathrow or Gatwick
  • Thursday, Feb 1 – Most flights from the US/Canada to Heathrow and from Tampa, Bermuda, and Barbados to Gatwick are canceled but all flights from Heathrow will operate.
  • Friday, Feb 2- Most flights will operate as normal with the possibility for a couple cancellations

The good news? It’s only a two day strike. The bad news? They’re planning more on Feb 5, 6, 7 and Feb 12, 13, 14.

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