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Heathrow cargo strike averted

British Airways employed cargo handlers at London Heathrow Airport were due to resume strike action today over pay and conditions, but have agreed to call off the first three days of strike action.

The Unite union had been warning of “continued significant disruption” to the airline’s freight services until the 8th February, but it is understood the move is down to progress in talks between the union and BA.

The ongoing dispute began in December, with the union alleging that 95% of BA cargo loads coming through the airport were disrupted over the festive period.

More than 840 BA cargo workers, predominantly based at Heathrow airport, recorded a 98% yes vote in favour of strike action late last year.

Unite has reached pay and conditions agreements with BA in all the other sections of the company where it represents workers, but says the airline is refusing to do the same for its cargo division.

The revised strike dates: 
02:00 hours on 29 January 2021, concluding at 10:00 hours on 29 January 2021
10:00 hours on 30 January 2021, concluding at 18:00 hours on 30 January 2021
18:00 hours on 31 January 2021, concluding at 02:00 hours on 1 February 2021
02:00 hours on 5 February 2021, concluding at 10:00 hours on 5 February 2021
10:00 hours on 6 February 2021, concluding at 18:00 hours on 6 February 2021
18:00 hours on 7 February 2021, concluding at 02:00 hours on 8 February 2021 

We flex cargo volumes between carriers and routes, to take advantage of rate fluctuations and avoid congestion at air freight hubs, which means we positioned to protect our customers during the ongoing Heathrow dispute.