Strike action at Heathrow for next week gets postponed

Published on : Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A spokesperson from Heathrow announced that the strike action scheduled for August 23 and 24 has been postponed to allow the union members some time to consider its revised pay offer.

 

 

During the peak season  a number of walkouts were scheduled and Unite union had warned of ‘summer travel chaos’.

 

According to Unite a ballot over the new offer for 4,000 airport staff was under way and on Monday, September 2 the ballot will close.

 

 

The strike action proposed for August 23 and 24 was suspended to allow the ballot to take place.

At the airport’s five terminals earlier this month airlines cancelled flights to prepare for strikes by security, airside operations and passengers services personnel.

 

Around 177 flights were initially cancelled by Heathrow when the strike action for August 4 and 5 was announced.

 

 

However, hours before the walkout the action was postponed after talks took place at the conciliation service Acas.

 

 

Over two years the airport has increased its pay offer from 7.35 to 7.8 % and according to a Heathrow spokespersons they have put an additional £2.5m on the table since talks began, with their  current offer bringing the total pay rise to 7.8% over two years for all front line colleagues.

 

The Retail Prices Index Inflation was higher than any other UK airport and helped them provide long-term wage certainty and job security.

 

 

It is Heathrow’s duty to ensure business sustainability against the backdrop of increasing economic uncertainty facing the UK in the near future.


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