Security staff at Heathrow airport have announced 31 days of strike action which could cause travel chaos for British holidaymakers.
The strikes will involve over 2,000 security officers and staff from the airport’s Terminal 3 will join workers from Terminal 5 will for the first time.
Strikes will kick off from Saturday June 24 and are expected to hit many of the world’s biggest airlines.
The Unite union has said the strikes are over “declining pay for Heathrow employees” and “abject low pay” for security officers.
A large number of airlines will be affected by the action including Virgin, Emirates, Qatar, United, American and Delta. British Airways flights will be impacted by the action at Terminal 5.
Eid Festival, the school holidays and the August Bank holiday will be impacted by the strikes.
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Unite secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “Unite is putting Heathrow on notice that strike action at the airport will continue until it makes a fair pay offer to its workers.
“Make no mistake, our members will receive the union’s unflinching support in this dispute.HAL has got its priorities all wrong.
“This is an incredibly wealthy company, which this summer is anticipating bumper profits and an executive pay bonanza. It’s also expected to pay out huge dividends to shareholders, yet its workers can barely make ends meet and are paid far less than workers at other airports.
“HAL has got its priorities all wrong. This is an incredibly wealthy company, which this summer is anticipating bumper profits and an executive pay bonanza. It’s also expected to pay out huge dividends to shareholders, yet its workers can barely make ends meet and are paid far less than workers at other airports.”
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Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said: “Delays, disruption and cancellations will be inevitable as a result of the strike action. But this dispute is completely of HAL’s own making.
“The company has been given numerous opportunities to make an offer that meets our members’ expectations and so avoid another period of damaging strike action. Sadly, HAL has stubbornly refused to take this opportunity.”
The union has warned the dispute could escalate in the coming weeks.
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