British Airways flights from Gatwick could be left without food and water due to a strike by catering staff
- Drivers at Alpha Flight, BA’s sole food supplier at Gatwick, have voted to strike
- The workers will initially start an overtime ban between March 18 and March 22
- They will then walk out from 3am on March 27 until 11.59pm on March 28
British Airways flights leaving Gatwick could be left without food and water later this month due to a strike by catering staff.
Drivers at Alpha Flight, the sole supplier of food to the airline at Gatwick, have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.
And there are fears that the strike, will leave the firm unable to transport food from its warehouses to the BA aircraft.
British Airways flights leaving Gatwick could be left without food and water later this month due to a strike by catering staff
The Unite union, which represents 55 of the drivers, said they voted 98 per cent in favour of the walkout with a turnout of 90 per cent.
The workers will initially begin an overtime ban from 3am on Monday, March 18 until 11.59pm on Friday, March 22.
This will then be followd by a walkout from 3am on Wednesday, March 27 until 11.59pm on Thursday, March 28.
Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: ‘British Airways passengers who find that their flights are lacking food and water have to understand that their comfort has been compromised directly by the penny pinching of Alpha Flight.
‘Even at this late stage Alpha Flight can still ensure that industrial action is avoided by coming forward with a reasonable pay offer, which meets the expectations of our members.’
A spokesperson for British Airways said it was working to ensure there will be no disruption if the strike goes ahead
However, Richard Wood from Alpha LSG, which owns Alpha Flight, told The Sun that the company will be meeting for talks with the Unite union and that they don’t believe there is a dispute that warrants strike action.
MailOnline Travel has also contacted Alpha Flight for comment.
A spokesperson for British Airways said it was working to ensure there will be no disruption if the strike goes ahead.
They explained: ‘We are working with our supplier to ensure our customers continue to enjoy all services onboard their flights.’