Heathrow Airport: Workers across the airport’s five terminals have announced a series of strikes (Image: Getty Images)
Heathrow Airport flights could face disruption this month and in August as staff threaten to go on strike. Workers across the airport’s five terminals have announced a series of strikes in a dispute over pay, Unite the union has said. Over 4,000 workers, including security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers, are set to walk out on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July, Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August, and Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August. Unite claimed in a statement that the move “could potentially shut down the airport.”
Heathrow Airport: Strike action could throw flights into chaos as worker demand higher pay
Unite represents over 4,000 Heathrow Airport workers who are involved in the pay dispute.
The industrial action comes after the workers backed strike action in eight separate strike ballots.
Unite said in a statement that the planned strikes follow the rejection of an 18-month pay offer amounting to 2.7 per cent, which, according to the union, amounts to £3.75 extra a day for the lowest paid workers involved in the dispute.
Unite regional coordinating officer Wayne King said: “There is deepening anger over pay among workers who are essential to the smooth running of Heathrow Airport.”
He added: “Unite members ensured over 80 million passengers passed safely through Heathrow in the last 12 months and contributed massively to the airport’s huge profits last year.
“Unite and our members support Heathrow expansion and are working hard to deliver it, but we will not allow Heathrow