Heathrow security staff will strike for another eight days next month in fresh blow to passengers
Security officers at Heathrow Airport will strike for eight more days next month amid their ongoing dispute over pay, union Unite has announced.
Members of the union will walk out on May 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 25, 26 and 27.
Unite said the strikes will cause ‘inevitable disruption and delays’ at a time when people are expected to be travelling to the UK for the King’s coronation.
The 1,400 security officers involved in the dispute took 10 days of action over Easter.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: ‘Yet again, we have a chief executive who thinks it is acceptable to boost his earnings while he denies his own workers a decent pay rise.
‘This dispute is bound to escalate with more workers being balloted and disruption set to continue throughout the summer.’
Heathrow Airport staff also walked out over Easter for a 10-day period (Pictured: Striking security staff outside the airport on March 31)
The union says the average security worker is paid £30,000 per year, made up of £26,000 of basic pay plus a £4,000 shift allowanc
Security staff at the airport also took action from March 31 until April 9.
The union says the average security worker is paid £30,000 per year, made up of £26,000 of basic pay plus a £4,000 shift allowance.
They say this amounts to a real-terms pay cut of 24 percent since 2017.
Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King said: ‘Strikes next month will cause further disruption to airport passengers but this dispute is a direct result of Heathrow’s stubborn refusal to make an offer that meets our members’ expectations.
‘Our members have been crystal clear they are seeking a substantial permanent increase in pay. A small one off lump sum payment will not alleviate the financial pressures our members are facing on a daily basis.
‘While the CEO can enjoy a lavish millionaire’s lifestyle, our members struggle to pay the bills and put food on the table. This is about need not greed.’
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