strike at london heathrow may impact over 5000 flights
The strike is being called off due to a dispute over airport staff salaries.
The security staff at Heathrow Airport has announced additional strikes for May, which could cause thousands of flights to be cancelled. The latest strike comes after a 10-day strike from March 31 to Easter Sunday during which British Airways had to cancel some flights due to a dispute over the salaries of Heathrow employees.
Another round of eight-day strikes at London Heathrow Airport has been scheduled by the Unite Union for May. The security personnel at the airport are getting ready to walk out from May 4 to 6, 9 to 10, and May 25 to 27.
1,400 Heathrow employees are anticipated to take part in the strike.
The strike’s timing raises questions because it might cause service interruptions and cancellations during the popular summer travel period as well as for the coronation of the King on May 6.
The planned walkout is being caused by failed negotiations over staff pay. In the past, Unite has made stern statements regarding the dissatisfaction of airport employees with their pay scale. Sharon Graham, the general secretary of the union, has since commented on Heathrow’s response.
According to the airport’s management, security officers were given a 10% pay rise starting on January 1 along with a one-time payment of more than £1,150. However, the union rejected it, claiming that a “small one-off lump sum” would not be sufficient to ease the workers’ financial strains.
Wayne King, the regional coordinating officer for Unite, claimed that the organization’s members are adamant in their demand for a sizable and ongoing pay increase and characterised Heathrow’s resistance to this demand as stubborn. The spokesperson for the airport has responded,
Most impacted is British Airways
Employees at Heathrow Terminal 5, which handles the majority of British Airways flights, are protesting. The walkout won’t have an impact on any other terminals.
5,148 flights are scheduled to depart on the days of the strike, according to Cirium data, of which 2,621 are scheduled to be operated by British Airways. While the airline’s long-distance operations are likely to continue, some of its high-frequency domestic and European flights may be impacted.
During the strike in May, will you be passing through Heathrow Terminal 5? Take some extra snacks with you ….!!