Strike Disruption on the Way At London Heathrow Airport

Strike Disruption on the Way At London Heathrow Airport
Photo Credit: London Heathrow Airport.

Operations at London Heathrow are expected to be disrupted next month due to strike action on the way.

It is expected to involve a lot of people who work at the airport and is expected to go on for around six days.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

Strike Action at London Heathrow Airport…

Photo Credit: London Heathrow Airport.

Unite is the union that will be conducting this strike action at London Heathrow.

It is understood that nearly 800 people will participate in the action, with this happening between the following times:

  • 00:01 on May 7 to 23:59 on May 13.

In total, the strike action will last around six days, which is due to provide significant disruption to services at the airport.

In a statement, the union said the following regarding why the strike action is being taken:

“Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) has ignored existing consultation procedures and has announced a fait accompli that workers in passenger services (who assist travellers to catch connecting flights), trolley operations, and campus security (the security guards who are responsible for all workers at Heathrow and vehicles being checked before entering Heathrow), will be outsourced by 1 June.”

Unite: Actions by the Airport Are Deplorable…

Strike Disruption on the Way At London Heathrow Airport
Photo Credit: London Heathrow Airport.

Adding to the statement was Unite’s General Secretary Sharon Graham:

“Heathrow Airport’s actions are deplorable, it is raking in massive profits for the bosses while trying to squeeze every last penny out of its workforce.

“Unite is fully focussed on defending its members jobs, pay and conditions and our members at Heathrow will receive the union’s unrelenting support during this dispute.”

It is understood that this outsourcing will save Heathrow Airport around £40m per year.

The union argues that the airport has made enough profit, amounting to £701m back in 2023.


Photo Credit: London Heathrow Airport.

Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see whether this strike action at London Heathrow Airport will go ahead.

There is still an opportunity for the airfield to sit down with the union and negotiate.

Furthermore, if they decide to press ahead, then this strike action will no doubt disrupt operations significantly at the airport.

All eyes will be on whether the airport will give in or whether they will go ahead with the outsourcing.

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