Airport drivers ballot for pay strike

HGV drivers supplying inflight food to British Airways at Gatwick Airport are balloting for strike action over pay.

The Unite members, who voted 100% for action in an earlier consultative ballot, are employed by Alpha Flight UK Limited, which is BA’s sole supplier of inflight food at Gatwick airport.

The dispute is a result of Alpha Flight UK, reneging on an agreement with the union to introduce a market rate alignment pay allowance for the HGV drivers, who are currently paid below the going rate.

The ballot opened yesterday and will close on February 28. If, as expected, the drivers vote in favour of industrial action, then the dispute could begin by mid-March and affect the Easter getaway.

If drivers do take industrial action then Alpha Flight UK will not be able to transport food from its on-site warehouse. The tight security airside at Gatwick precludes alternative options.

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “Our members have already strongly indicated that they are fully prepared to take industrial action and the formal ballot is expected to confirm this.

“This dispute is directly a result of Alpha Flight reneging on its promises to pay its HGV drivers a fair market rate for the job.

“If industrial action takes place then it will result in all British Airways’ flights from Gatwick not having food and drink supplies on board. While this will impact on the comfort of passengers it must be understood this is directly a result of the actions of Alpha Flight.

“If industrial action is to be avoided than Alpha Flight must offer its drivers a fair rate of pay.”

  • Like this story? Please support our work here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *