Union threatens further disruption at Heathrow following bank holiday fiasco

By Linsey McNeill
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More security officers at London Heathrow Airport are planning to join 1,400 colleagues taking industrial action this summer.

The threat of further strikes follows disruption at airports and ports across the UK on Saturday when e-gates failed so passports had to be checked manually.

The shut-down led to arriving passengers queuing for hours, while there were also delays for those departing from the Port of Dover.

Unite said its members will escalate their strike action at Heathrow, threatening further disruption for passengers using London’s premier hub.

Unite members based at Terminal 3 voted 85% in favour of a strike.

The union said they will join 1,400 striking colleagues at Terminal 5 and Campus Security.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Escalating strike action will inevitably cause disruption, delays and cancellations across Heathrow.

“This widening dispute is a direct result of Heathrow airport’s dismissive attitude to its workers. They have seriously misjudged the anger of the workers. They have had every opportunity to make our members a fair pay offer but have chosen not to.

“It is now time for them to come back to the negotiating table and deal with this issue before further escalation occurs

“Strike action is now set to escalate throughout the summer and Unite will leave no stone unturned in support for our members involved in the dispute.”

However, Heathrow insists it has delivered ‘excellent passenger service’ during previous strikes by security personnel. It says no flights were cancelled during the most recent strikes from 25-27 May.

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