Heathrow Airport workers reject latest pay offer, union urges talks

posted on 3rd September 2019 by Justin Burns
Heathrow Airport workers reject latest pay offer, union urges talks

Trade union Unite has called on Heathrow Airport bosses to get back around the table after workers again “massively rejected” a revised pay offer in a consultative ballot and the threat of strike action looms once more.

The dispute involves security guards, firefighters, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers across all of Heathrow’s terminals.

The union said it was making arrangements to refresh its mandate for strike action with a fresh industrial action ballot of over 4,000 workers involved in the dispute. Timings of the ballot will be announced in the coming days.

Strikes on Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August and a further two-day stoppage on Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August were suspended to allow for members to vote on the revised pay offer.

A previous pay offer, which saw a two-day strike on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July suspended, was also rejected by workers.

Unite said it comes amid continuing anger over pay disparities between workers doing the same job at the airport.

Unite regional officer Russ Ball said: “Heathrow Airport bosses need to heed airport workers’ anger over pay and their rejection of the latest pay offer.

“In the coming days we will be making arrangements to refresh our strike mandate with a fresh industrial action ballot of workers across all of Heathrow’s terminals.

“As a result we will not be announcing any strike dates and would urge Heathrow bosses to seize this window of opportunity to get back around the negotiating table.

“Heathrow bosses need to properly recognise the hard work of low paid workers who are essential to the smooth and safe running of the airport with a new pay offer which meets their aspirations.”