Heathrow Airport security personnel have called for a summer strike. Travelers using the UK’s main airport, Heathrow, may be impacted by a new wave of strikes by security employees this summer.
Between June 24 and August 27, over 2,000 police officers who are Unite Union members will go on strike for 31 days.
There may be delays at security checkpoints due to the activity, particularly at Terminals 3 and 5. Union officials called it “a major escalation” in their wage conflict with airport management.
Worker rejection of a “below inflation pay offer of 10.1%” was cited, with the higher rate of inflation (RPI) presently standing at 11.4%.
Passengers may have felt little effect from previous strikes due to Heathrow’s backup plans, but this new wave of strikes will include workers from Terminal 3 for the first time.
People around the United Kingdom may be impacted because Heathrow is a major international airport.
The strikes may cause longer waits at airport security checkpoints, but it is currently unknown if any airlines would cancel flights, according to BBC transport correspondent Katy Austin.
The days of the walkouts fall on Eid (June 28–30), the first days of summer break (July 21–24), and the August bank holiday (August 24–27), all of which are peak travel times.
Heathrow has pledged to do “everything” it can to keep disruptions to a minimum during the strikes.
“Unite has already attempted, and failed, to disrupt the airport with unnecessary strikes on some of our busiest days, and we are continuing to build plans to protect journeys during any future action.”
The fact is that most coworkers disagree with Unite’s strikes. If only Unite would let them vote on them, inflation-beating wage raises for employees have been prepared for the past two years. They continued that discussions with United to find a solution to the conflict would continue.
The Heathrow strike schedule.
Those dates are as follows:
June 24-25, June 28-29, and June 30, The 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st. The dates of July 4, 5, 6, and 7, and August 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, and 27.
Who is on strike, and why do they demand more money?
The strikes hit while Heathrow is still reeling from the pandemic’s effects. The airport’s manager lost £139 million in the first quarter of this year.
Sharon Graham from Unite, on the other hand, claimed that the airport had “got its priorities all wrong” because “this is an incredibly wealthy company” that expects “bumper profits and an executive pay bonanza” this summer.
Members of the PCS union working for Heathrow’s Border Force staged a series of walkouts this year, causing the government to bring in the military to man the airport’s entry gates.
Since last summer, hundreds of thousands of workers across multiple industries in the UK have been on strike.
As the cost of living increases fastest in over 40 years, most people seek better working conditions and higher wages.
Last summer’s airports were in disarray because of a rise in demand for travel after the outbreak, combined with strikes and staff shortages. According to Unite regional co-ordinating officer Wayne King, customer service will remain the same.
The strike action will unavoidably cause delays, disruptions, and cancellations. However, Heathrow Airport has only itself to blame for this conflict.
According to the consumer advocacy group Which? Travelers are entitled to compensation if an airline cancels their flight due to staff strikes and are not given at least two weeks’ warning.
However, strikes by airport workers, the Border Patrol, or air traffic controllers will be considered an exceptional event and warrant a refund. Which? Concludes that passengers are not entitled to compensation but to a refund or rebooking.