Strikes at Heathrow Airport to disrupt summer travel
Strikes at Heathrow and Gatwick Airports to disrupt summer travel
25th July Update – Unite, the union, said up to 4,000 workers at London’s Heathrow airport, including security guards and engineers, had called off industrial action planned for this weekend so its members could vote on a new pay offer. If agreement is not reached, further strikes are planned for August 5, 6, 23 and 24.
After yesterdays (12th July) announcements of strike action taking place at Stanstead Airport Heathrow have announced that more than 4,000 workers at the airport – including customer service, engineering and security staff – have voted to strike over pay.
Planned strike dates are – 26th, 27th July and 5th, 6th, 23rd and 24th August, which the Unite union said could create “summer travel chaos”.
Heathrow states it has contingency plans to remain open and operate safely.
As the dispute continues, the airport said its contingency plans would ensure flights could still take off and land during one of the busiest period of the year.
“We will be working alongside our airline partners to minimise disruption caused to passengers as they look towards their well-deserved summer holidays,” it said.
Staff working at Gatwick Airport are currently voting on whether or not to strike.
Two separate groups of workers at Gatwick are voting on the industrial action over poverty pay rates according to their representatives Unite.
Workers have until July 26th to come to a decision. If members vote for industrial action, strikes could begin in mid-August.
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