Union: BA Flights To Experience Food And Drink Shortages During Strike

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A union claims that the passengers on the flights of British Airways from Gatwick could experience shortages of food and water on the flights after the catering staff voted to participate in the strike.

The drivers for Alpha Flight, a  catering firm, have voted for industrial action that will be held later this month in a dispute over pay. It is threatening its ability to transport food from warehouses to planes.

The Unite union represents the 55 HGV drivers. It said that they were already fed up with the pay levels that are reported to be “below the market rate.”

According to the union, the action could have an impact on some of the flights at Gatwick Airport between Monday, the 18th of March and Thursday, the 28th March.

Another source hinted that catering options would still be provided, even though the union said that strict airport security could make alternative provision difficult.

Jamie Major, the regional officer of Unite, stated: “British Airways passengers who find that their flights are lacking food and water have to understand that their comfort has been compromised directly by the penny pinching of Alpha Flight.”

He added: “The industrial action ballot clearly demonstrates that our members are no longer prepared to accept low pay.”

The drivers are set to work an overtime ban starting from 3am on the18th of March up until 11.59am on the 22nd of March. It will be followed by a strike action from 3am on the 27th of March to 11.59am on the 28th of March.

Unite said that 98 percent of members had voted on a high turnout for industrial action.
However, it said that the action would be called off if they received a “reasonable” pay offer.

Alpha Flight has been approached for comment regarding the matter.

A spokesperson for British Airways stated: “We are working with our supplier to ensure our customers enjoy all services onboard their flights.”