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Security staff at Heathrow threaten to strike over low pay and unfair working conditions

By June 12, 2023 No Comments

Heathrow Airport is about witness a new round of industrial strikes involving over 2,000 security officials over low pay and poor working conditions. The strikes are expected to begin from June 24 and continue for an entire month across the busy summer schedule.

Although earlier strikes affected operations at Terminal 5 at London Heathrow airport, the latest strikes are bound to impact Terminal 3 operations too.  The strikes are expected to cause significant disruption to flights at Heathrow Airport. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flights before traveling.

The strikes are called by the members of Unite union that claiming that Heathrow Airport is refusing to pay its security staff a fair wage. The union has also said that Heathrow Airport is failing to provide its security staff with adequate training and resources.

Commenting on the latest industrial action, Sharon Graham, General Secretary, Union said: “Unite is putting Heathrow on notice that strike action at the airport will continue until it makes a fair pay offer to its workers.”

Speaking to Guardian, Graham said: “The airport had 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.”

Meanwhile the airport management is disappointed by Union’s decision. The airport has said that it is committed to providing its security staff with a fair wage and that it is working to improve the working conditions of its security staff.