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BA sack second worker over strike
BA tailfins
The strikes cost BA about 45m
British Airways (BA) has sacked a second worker for organising wildcat strikes at Heathrow Airport.

Last month another employee was dismissed for his part in the unofficial action during August.

Both workers, together with a third, were found guilty of gross misconduct after an internal investigation.

Around 900 BA flights were cancelled when ground staff walked out in support of sacked workers at the airline's caterers Gate Gourmet.

The third employee was given a final written warning, suspended without pay for one month and banned from staff air travel privileges.

Plans disrupted

All three employees worked at the airline's ground support unit at Heathrow, which is made up of baggage handlers, loaders and bus drivers.

BA launched an investigation into the unlawful industrial action on 11 and 12 August by 1,000 of the airline's ground support staff at Heathrow.

The strikes resulted in 900 flights being cancelled, disrupted travel plans for about 100,000 customers, and cost the airline up to 45m.

The secondary action by the BA workers was in sympathy for a dispute between the Transport and General Workers' union and the airline's in-flight catering supplier, Gate Gourmet.




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