Baggage handlers down suitcases as Britons get ready for wave of strikes

An overtime ban in place by drivers in the Aslef union will compound the effects of a two-day strike on services by RMT conductors starting on Monday.


Southern saw the complete cancellation of its train services on Friday, for the third day in a week. About 300,000 passengers were affected when Southern cancelled all its 2,242 weekday services.


Virgin Atlantic pilots voted to take industrial action short of a strike in a row over union recognition, and will work “strictly to contract” from 23 December. That news came after the announcement earlier this week that workers would stage five days of strikes in the run-up to Christmas.


British Airways cabin crew based at Heathrow airport announced on Friday that they are to strike on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in a dispute over pay and conditions.


A fresh wave of strikes will hit Britain in the final week before Christmas, with 1,500 check-in staff and baggage handlers at 18 airports preparing to walk out and rail operator Southern warning of severe disruption when conductors do the same.



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