Workers at Heathrow Plan Series of Strikes That Could ‘Shut Down’ Airport

By Jesse Sokolow on 16 July 2019
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Check-in counters at Heathrow Terminal 2

Check-in counters at Heathrow Terminal 2

The trade union representing over 4,000 workers at Heathrow Airport in London are threatening to disrupt holiday travel in the coming weeks with their plans to “shut down the airport.”

“Summer travel chaos looms,” the union said in a tweet.

The workers, represented by Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will strike, following a pay dispute, on the first weekend of school holidays in Britain and during the August bank holiday weekend.

“There is deepening anger over pay among workers who are essential to the smooth running of Heathrow Airport,” said the union’s regional coordinating officer, Wayne King, who added that that “they are fed up of being expected to accept crumbs.”

The dates are Friday and Saturday July 26 and 27, Monday and Tuesday August 5 and 6, and Friday and Saturday August 23 and 24.

Heathrow is not the only airport facing a strike: Workers at Stansted Airport announced 17 days of planned strike action starting on July 25. The issue involves a pay dispute by 43 workers responsible for checking in passengers for EasyJet.

Meanwhile, two groups of workers at Gatwick Airport, including those who man security checkpoint scanners, are voting on whether to strike this summer.

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