Unite has announced up to 41 strikes at Heathrow Airport this spring as part of a bitter dispute over what the union says is the firing and rehiring of employees.
Unite has criticised reported plans from Heathrow Airport to fire and rehire staff on inferior contracts. The union said the move undermines a vulnerable industry at a critical time.
Unite has expressed its disappointment over job losses at Edinburgh Airport. The trade union has been in discussion with the airport about redundancies since the collapse of Thomas Cook.
The protests – which will take place in Newcastle, Southend tomorrow and at Stansted – come after staff voted in favour of a no confidence ballot in easyJet chief operating officer Peter Bellew.
International Airlines Group chief executive, Willy Walsh, has rejected claims British Airways is acting unfairly toward staff as it seeks to downsize in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Unite has informed EU commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, that it intends to act as a third party opposing the acquisition of Air Europa by International Airlines Group.
“The company as yet have not formally notified us of the detail of their proposals, and we urge them not to act in haste while the job retention scheme is in operation,” said Unite national officer for civil air transport Oliver Richardson.
Strikes by security workers at Gatwick airport have been suspended after an improved pay offer was made. The 130 members of Unite who are employed by ICTS (UK) to scan passengers’ luggage for explosive materials and other dangerous and prohibited materials, were due to stage a 48-hour strike from Saturday morning.
Two separate groups of workers at Gatwick airport are to begin balloting for industrial action over pay. If the workers vote for strike action, passengers at Gatwick are set to face delays and disruption later this summer.
Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London Ground Handling Services at Luton Airport have voted for strike action. The decision was taken in response to the company’s decision to impose a pay freeze on staff.
Thousands of passengers who need assistance will be affected when more than 250 workers stage three 48-hour stoppages from 05:00 on November 20th, ending at 05:00 on November 22nd.