Strike by Heathrow workers suspended to allow more talks

Marco Green
August 5, 2019

Issues around around workers pay have lead to members of the Unite workers union opting to strike on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th August.

With a walkout of workers still scheduled for Tuesday, many more flights risk being cancelled. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have already restricted passengers to one small carry-on that can fit under the seat in front of them.

Unite said that some 88,000 passengers could be disrupted if 20 per cent of flights are cancelled on Monday and Tuesday, amounting to compensation of 2.3 million pounds (S$3.9 million dollars) for the airlines affected.

Passengers are being urged to check with their airline for the latest news on flights.

Unite said it would immediately enter talks at the conciliation service Acas, warning Heathrow against choosing to pay millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights rather than using the money to settle the dispute.

Union members, including security staff, firefighters and engineers, have voted against a pay offer that Heathrow said was worth 7.3% over two and a half years.

A Heathrow spokesperson said: "Unite have chosen to postpone their strike action today".

The total bill could double if the union goes ahead with a further 48-hour strike on Aug 23-24. While 16 were cancelled, five were moved to other London airports.

The 177 cancelations will affect around 30,000 people, many of whom had to wait to hear until this afternoon to find out whether their flight would fly.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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