[Updated] Strike action planned for Heathrow and Stansted

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[UPDATED] Strike action planned for Heathrow and Stansted

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UPDATE: 24July, 2019

The strikes by more than 4,000 workers at Heathrow due to take place on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July have been suspended while the workforce votes on a new pay offer, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Wednesday 24 July).

Unite said it would not be revealing the details of the offer until its members involved in the ongoing pay dispute have had an opportunity to consider and vote on the new package.

However, Unite said that the strikes already announced for Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August, and Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August remained on the table until the result of the ballot was known.

Original post shown below:

Heathrow Airport:

Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, Unite has warned of travel disruption at Heathrow Airport after workers across the airport’s five terminals announced a series of strikes in a dispute over pay.

Over 4,000 workers, including security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers, are set to walk out in a series of strikes.

The affected dates have been announced as:

  • Friday 26 July
  • Saturday 27 July
  • Monday 5 August
  • Tuesday 6 August
  • Friday 23 August
  • Saturday 24 August

Heathrow Airport said, “We are disappointed that Unite will be taking strike action. Following this decision, we will be implementing contingency plans that will ensure the airport remains open and operating safely throughout any coordinated action. We will be working alongside our airline partners to minimise disruption caused to passengers.”

Stansted Airport:

The announcement comes shortly after Unite announced 17 days of strikes affecting easyJet check-in at London Stansted.

The Stansted strike dates are:

  • 25 to 29 July
  • 2 to 5 August
  • 9 to 12 August
  • 16 to 19 August
  • 23 to 27 August

easyJet said, “Should this go ahead we plan to have contingency arrangements in place so there should be no impact on our passengers.”

Your Travel Counsellor will keep you informed if any of your plans are affected. However, strike action can often change at the last minute so please double check direct with your airline prior to travelling to the airport.

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