Hi, I am meant to be starting my RTW trip on 6th Feb, flying from Heathrow, but British Airways are planning to strike between 5 - 7 Feb. The problem is if the flights get cancelled/put back a few days i will miss the start of a safari leaving from Jo'burg 5:30am on 8th and then I wont be able to join up with it. Does anyone have any advice? at the moment it seems the strike will happen, and British Airways are offering people affected to change flights to earlier or later dates. But they may resolve the issue and it might be ok. Do you think i should wait and see, or be proactive and try to bring flight forward by a few days? has anyone else experienced this?
Hi Liz - I there is quite a high likelihood that BA staff will strike if management don't back down. The precedent is there - BA staff did strike in August 2005, and previously in July 2003 (and on many occasions previous to this), both over pay and conditions. If there's a possibility that you might bring the flight forward I would do it rather than risk ruining your trip.
my uncle works at Heathrow and he tells me BA are a nightmare. Most of the baggage handlers sit around all day doing nothing, and when they are asked to do something they moan and complain and generally don't do it. Some of them have been there a very long time and they are on contracts that every time management try to modernise to meet the needs of the business, this lazy lot just go on strike. I wouldn't fly BA because the things the back room staff are a waste of space and i don't want to contribute to there wages.
Its been announced that BA have cancelled all flights from Heathrow next week (29th & 30th - l think?) There are help lines to call for advice - but if you can get your self rescheduled l would act now! If you are not flying until the following week you may be ok but l do not know if further strike action is anticipated but there may be a fallout from the strike action going into the following week.
Check out BAs website for uptodate advise but l would act now and anticipate the problems! Being stranded in Heathrow is not pleasant - l was stuck in the queues from the fog before Christmas and its not a nice experience - very little staff directing proceedings and a lot of confused passengers not know what to do and with no one to ask for information!
Apparently the BA strike has now been cancelled with th airline and the union coming to some sort of agreement.
There will probably still be massive disruptions but many flights will now be operating Tuesday / Wednesday.
Nothing on the TGWU site at the moment and the BA site couldn't be accessed but it is on the BBC site and a couple of others (http://www.tdtravelgroup.com / http://www.travemole.com )
Thanks for all advice, just been on BA website and they have indeed agreed not to strike!! Very pleased! Can be unreservedly excited now - one week to go!
If you're travelling with BA today or tomorrow, apparently it's the best time for travellers. I heard on the news that a flight leaving from London to Beijing only had one young couple on it! They were told to sit where they liked. Environmental issues aside, I am very jealous!!!