Unite threatens strikes at Heathrow this autumn…

Unite threatens strikes at Heathrow this autumn over huge pay cuts and “fire & rehire”
2020-10-06 15:23:00
Unite, the Union, has been a keen backer of expansion at Heathrow for years. Members have for a long time been told that their jobs are at risk, without a 3rd runway. But their loyal support has been somewhat abused by Heathrow, which has tried to reduce the pay and conditions of workers at the airport, for years. How Unite is angry at the treatment its members are getting, while Heathrow struggles with the dramatic fall in the number of passengers. Unite says its members will strike this autumn, over the company’s attempts to cut the pay of 4,000 workers by up to £8,000 per year, which is around 25% of their pay.  They will start balloting for industrial action on Thursday 8 October with the ballot closing on Thursday 5 November with strikes following soon after.  Unite has dismisses HAL’s cries of poverty pointing to the vast salaries paid to senior executives – its chief executive was paid £3 million in pay and pensions last year – and asking why the salary sacrifice does not start at the top of the organisation. There were 49 directors at Heathrow who earned over £21 million between them last year (that averages £428,500 per year each). .Tweet   Last call to super-salaried Heathrow bosses to avoid autumn strikes over poverty plunging fire and rehire 2 October 2020 (Unite the Union website) Heathrow, one of the world’s largest airports, is facing a complete shutdown this autumn, as members of the Unite union, prepare to ballot for strike action, over the company’s attempts to slash the pay of 4,000 workers by up to £8,000. Balloting for action Members of Unite employed directly by Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) including security officers, engineers, airside operatives and firefighters will begin balloting for industrial action on Thursday 8 October with the ballot closing on Thursday 5 November with strikes following soon after. The dispute is a direct result of Heathrow Airport Limited’s (HAL) decision to issue controversial section 188 notices to “fire and rehire” staff on vastly inferior pay and conditions. Workers face losing up to £8,000


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