Strike action, due to start today, by British Airways’ cargo handlers at London Heathrow has been called off after progress in talks between the union Unite and BA.

British Airways’ employed cargo handlers based at London Heathrow Airport have called off three days of strike action, which were scheduled to start today, in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.

The handlers’ trade union, Unite, had been planning nine days of discontinuous strike action, between today and the 8th February, but this has now been reduced to six days.

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, amid claims that workers face pay cuts of between 20-25% as well as changes to their terms and conditions.

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 

Norman Global Logistics flex cargo volumes between carriers and routes, to avoid congestion at air freight hubs, which means we are positioned to protect our customers during any dispute.