Heathrow refuellers to strike over May bank holiday

By Lisa James
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Refuellers at Heathrow are to walk out over next month’s May Day bank holiday in a disagreement over terms and conditions.

Fifty refuellers working for AFS, a joint venture of several oil and gas companies, will strike for 72 hours from 4 May.

They say new staff who have joined since January are on reduced pension and sickness benefits terms, creating a two-tier system.  

The union Unite says its members refuel aircraft at Heathrow from 35 different airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Emirates and Air France.

They warn the strikes will lead to severe disruption and could ground aircraft.

Unite Regional Officer Kevin Hall said: “Our members recognise that if they allow this attack on their conditions to take place, before long this will become the norm. Unite won’t allow that to happen and is standing firm with our members on the picket line.

“AFS will have to answer directly to the airlines and passengers for the disruption caused by their unmerited actions.”

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