Ground workers’ strike at London Heathrow could disrupt FIFA World Cup flights

Workers at Dnata and Menzies at London Heathrow will go on strike for three days from Friday November 18 in a wage dispute.

strikes called

The strike action begins in the early morning hours of November 18th and ends in the early morning hours of November 21st. It will cause disruption, cancellations and delays at Heathrow Terminals 2, 3 and 4. The strike action will hit Qatar Airways in particular, which has planned 10 extra flights per week during the World Cup.

The strike action involves 700 Dnata and Menzies workers. The workforce performs a variety of duties including ground handling, airside transport and cargo.

Decent raise

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members at Dnata and Menzies take on very challenging roles and just strive for a decent pay rise. Both companies are highly profitable and can certainly afford a fair salary increase. The owners and directors just line their own pockets instead of paying their workers fairly.

“Heathrow workers will have Unite’s full support in this dispute.”

airlines affected

Other leading airlines hit hard by the strikes include Virgin, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Emirates. Passengers returning to the United States for the Thanksgiving holiday are also expected to be adversely affected.

Both Dnata and Menzies were only willing to offer pay cuts disguised as pay increases. Dnata has offered its workers a five percent increase, while offers for Menzies workers vary between two and six percent. All offers are well below the real inflation rate (RPI), which currently stands at 12.6 percent.

disruption inevitable

Unite Regional Officer Kevin Hall said: “Strike action will inevitably lead to disruptions, delays and cancellations of flights across Heathrow, with World Cup travelers being particularly hard hit. However, this dispute is solely the work of Dnata and Menzies. They had every opportunity to make a fair salary offer, but decided against it.”

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