More than 500 check-in and baggage handling staff to walk
More than 500 check-in and baggage handling employees who work at Heathrow airport say they will strike for 24 hours on Friday in a dispute over salaries. This would result in chaos for passengers.
Talks between commercial aviation services company ASIG and the union Unite have broken down. The strike will run from 00:01 on Friday at terminals one, two and three.
The deal on offer, for a raise of 5.5% over two years, is unacceptable to the union because of the “soaring” cost of living.
“The prospect of chaos for thousands of passengers should concentrate the minds of management and get them around the table again to negotiate a fair settlement,” argued union officer Michelle Braveboy.
“While the company was awarded the privilege of being the main ground handler at terminal two and has grown since 2013 by winning many new contracts, they have forgotten the staff who have contributed so greatly to that success.”
The Guardian / Press Association
[pictured: The new terminal’s roof shape; photo courtesy Heathrow Airport]