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Heathrow security staff set for further 31 days of strike action – Business Traveller

The Unite union has announced fresh strike action involving security workers at Heathrow airport.

A total of 31 days of industrial action are planned for June, July and August, in an ongoing dispute over pay.

The affected dates are 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30 June; 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and 31 July; and 4, 5, 6 , 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27 August.

Unite said that the walkouts would involve over 2,000 security officers at both Terminal 5 and Terminal 3, as well as campus security staff responsible for checking personnel and vehicles going airside.

There have already been several rounds of strikes involving security staff at Heathrow this year, the most recent last month when 1,400 staff walked out for eight days.

Heathrow security staff set for further eight days of strike action

Unite said that this was the first times officers at Terminal 3 would be joining the industrial action, potentially affecting Virgin Atlantic, Emirates, Qatar Airways, United, American Airlines and Delta flights.

The union said that workers had rejected “a below inflation pay offer of 10.1 per cent”, with general secretary Sharon Graham stating:

“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 [Heathrow Airport Ltd] 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.”

Business Traveller has contacted Heathrow for comment, and will post any response here.,

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