“Heathrow Grinch stealing workers’ wages” – Unite…

“Heathrow Grinch stealing workers’ wages” – Unite airport staff striking over pay cuts
2020-12-01 19:16:00
Heathrow Airport workers are striking today in a dispute over wage cuts.  Workers who are members of Unite voted for industrial action, with 84% in favour of the strike, according to the union.  Those involved are firefighters, engineers, campus security, baggage operations, central terminal operations, land-side and air-side operations.  However, the airport maintains that nine of 16 cohorts actually voted against strike action.  There were picket lines, and a van that toured Heathrow and the surrounding area  with the messages: “Heathrow’s super-rich shareholders are jetting off with workers’ wages”, “Heathrow Grinch CEO is stealing workers’ wages”, and “Stop Heathrow’s billionaire-backed wage cuts”.  The dispute is about Heathrow’s “fire and rehire” policies, which Unite say will result in workers suffering permanent pay cuts of up to £8,000 per annum – as much as 25% of the take home pay of some.  A further strike is planned for 14 December, followed by a two-day stoppage on 17-18 December, set to be one of the busiest pre-Christmas travel dates. Unite fear Heathrow are using the Covid pandemic as cover for forcing through long held plans to cut pay. John Holland-Kaye himself probably receives a basic annual salary of around £750,000 – with bonuses on top. .Tweet     ‘HEATHROW GRINCH CEO IS STEALING WORKERS’ WAGES’ SAYS AIRPORT STAFF STRIKING OVER SALARY CUTS ‘These cuts are all about greed and not need,’ says union Helen Coffey   @LenniCoffey   (the Independent) 1.12.2020 Heathrow Airport workers are striking today in a dispute over wage cuts. Workers who are members of Unite voted for industrial action, with 84 per cent in favour of the strike, according to the union. However, the airport maintains that nine of 16 cohorts actually voted against strike action. In addition to three socially distanced picket lines during the strike, a van will be touring Heathrow and the surrounding area adorned with the messages: “Heathrow’s super-rich shareholders are jetting off with workers’ wages”, “Heathrow Grinch CEO is stealing workers’ wages”, and “Stop Heathrow’s billionaire-backed wage cuts”. The dispute has arisen over Heathrow’s “fire and rehire” policies, according to Unite, which it claims will result in workers suffering permanent pay cuts of up to £8,000 per annum – 25 per cent of their take home pay. In response, the union has called on its members who are employed by Heathrow as firefighters, engineers, campus security, baggage operations,

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