NEW DISPUTES are brewing among British Airways workers at Heathrow. Some 4,500 BA engineers moved a step closer to an industrial dispute when their union negotiators failed to reach an agreement with BA management last week. The engineers are represented by the Amicus and GMB unions. They are potentially an extremely powerful group of workers.
The engineers have refused to accept the introduction of swipe cards. Now they are fighting changes to Christmas holiday pay. A Heathrow worker said, 'The check-in staff's deal set a standard. If we push we can win things.'