Heathrow check-in workers force improved offer

by An airport worker

Picketers at Heathrow airport, 10.1.17
Photo: Rob Williams

British Airways management has returned to the negotiating table with an improved offer for check-in staff at Heathrow Airport. This was brought about by the magnificent campaign conducted by the GMB and Unite unions, which resulted in an 80% turnout and a 95% ‘yes’ vote for industrial action to be conducted throughout July and potentially August.

The offer is significant, and will recoup the Covid wage cuts, and is good enough to suspend the proposed industrial action.

Talks will now begin again mainly to discuss how much is backdated, and whether this is to be tied to a 2023 offer. It is clear that getting organised and securing support for industrial action is the only way to get a serious pay offer from management.