Workers stamped time cards, hangar doors slid open and planes went into service again as the strike which grounded the whole of the British Overseas Airways Corporation fleet for eight days at London Airport came to an end, October 21.
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Background: Workers stamped time cards, hangar doors slid open and planes went into service again as the strike which grounded the whole of the British Overseas Airways Corporation fleet for eight days at London Airport came to an end, October 21.
The strike ended during the afternoon. By early evening a complete shift of maintenance engineers was at work and overtime working was being arranged to restore services as quickly as possible.
And the dispute came to an end just in time to leave B.O.A.C. with just a hope of being first with a daily Atlantic jet service. Three Comets, which had been flown to Shannon earlier in the day to resume training flights for crews interrupted by the strike, were ordered to return to London Airport immediately.
An official said that if all went well it might still be possible to start daily services of Comet 4 across the Atlantic on the advertised date of November 14 - two days before its rival, the Pan American Boeing 707, starts regular flights.
He added: "Crews will have to step up their flying hours quickly and have promised us full co-operation."
The air line will need ten fully-trained crews to operate the daily service. Each plane carries two pilots, engineer and navigator in addition to a cabin staff of four.
The strike, which is estimated to have cost B.O.A.C. GBP750,000, the result of a wage dispute brought to a head by an overtime ban, ended with the following agreed statement from both sides:
"No victimisation on either side. Thereafter, further consideration of the wage claim will take place through the normal machinery as soon as possible in an unprejudiced atmosphere and without prior commitment of any kind on either side."