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British Airways strikes may ground Canada flights over holidays

Canadian flights with British Airways may be delayed or cancelled over the Christmas holidays because of possible strike action by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

British Airways flights from Vancouver and Calgary may be in jeopardy over the Christmas holidays because of possible strike action by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

British Airways ticket agents, members of IAMAW District Lodge 140, voted 88 per cent in favour of strike action and they could legally walk off the job on the 17th December.

“These people are routinely required to stay after their scheduled shift without being paid overtime,” explained IAMAW District Lodge 140 General Chairperson Todd Haverstock.

“Monetary issues are the big stumbling block and so far the employer has failed to address our concerns. We are not telling people to cancel their flights but our strike mandate is clear and the ball is now in the employer’s court. We will strike if pushed.”

The two sides will meet with a conciliator today and tomorrow (13th to 14th December to hopefully

The IAMAW is the largest union in the Canadian air transport sector.

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