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Heathrow is set for summer strike chaos after ‘rejection’ of pay deal

Aug 02, 2019
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Passengers using Heathrow Airport are set for a summer of misery after thousands of workers are said to have voted to reject a new pay deal.

Around 4,000 members of Unite, including security guards, firefighters and engineers, have been voting on a revised pay deal, with the result expected later today.

Planned strikes were suspended while the workers voted on the offer, but industrial action on dates throughout August remain, with Unite saying walkouts next Monday and Tuesday look likely to go ahead.

Heathrow passengers are set for a summer of chaos after a union representing workers at the airport indicted its members had voted to rejected a new pay deal

Heathrow passengers are set for a summer of chaos after a union representing workers at the airport indicted its members had voted to rejected a new pay deal

The union warned Heathrow against opting to pay millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights rather than settling the pay dispute.

Unite officer Wayne King said: ‘All the indications are pointing to an overwhelming rejection by our members of the revised offer which, in reality, offers little more than the £3.75 extra a day that the original offer did for many workers.

‘If members do reject the pay offer and Heathrow bosses dig their heels in, then there is a risk the airport is seen to prefer paying millions in compensation to airlines and needlessly causing misery for the travelling public, instead of sorting the dispute by going the extra mile and giving its workforce a decent pay rise.

‘Our low-paid members will sacrifice a day’s pay if they go on strike and are only too aware of the disruption it will cause.

‘However, they are at a point where they have had enough with being given crumbs while shareholders pocket billions in dividends and the chief executive enjoys a pay rise of over 100%.’

Talks are expected to be held immediately after the ballot result is announced.

The potential Heathrow strike is independent from possible industrial action by BA pilots, which would further hit families' getaway plans

The potential Heathrow strike is independent from possible industrial action by BA pilots, which would further hit families’ getaway plans 

The news comes as BA pilots also consider strike action, threatening hundreds of people’s holidays.

Despite being offered an 11.5 per cent pay increase over three years, BA pilots are holding out for a profit-sharing deal after the airline made £2billion last year.

Pilots’ union Balpa was cleared to launch the industrial action earlier this week after a legal challenge by the airline was thrown out by appeal judges.

Meanwhile, holiday firms LateRooms announced last night they have ceased trading alongside their sister company Super Break, adding further uncertainty to many planning a getaway. 

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