Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite, called on Heathrow Airport bosses to get back around the table after workers again massively rejected a revised pay offer in a consultative ballot.

Unite said it was making arrangements to refresh its mandate for strike action with a fresh industrial action ballot of over 4,000 workers involved in the dispute. Timings of the ballot will be announced in the coming days.

Strikes on Monday 5 August and Tuesday 6 August and a further two day stoppage on Friday 23 August and Saturday 24 August were suspended to allow for members to vote on the revised pay offer. A previous pay offer, which saw a two day strike on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July suspended, was also rejected by workers.

The dispute involves security guards, firefighters, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers across all of Heathrow’s terminals. It comes amid continuing anger over pay disparities between workers doing the same job at the airport and the ‘massive’ pay package of Heathrow Airport’s chief executive officer John Holland-Kaye.

Last year the Heathrow boss received a 103.2 per cent pay increase with his basic remuneration package rising from £2.097 million in 2017 to £4.2 million in 2018.

Commenting Unite regional officer Russ Ball said: “Heathrow Airport bosses need to heed airport workers’ anger over pay and their rejection of the latest pay offer.

“In the coming days we will be making arrangements to refresh our strike mandate with a fresh industrial action ballot of workers across all of Heathrow’s terminals. As a result we will not be announcing any strike dates and would urge Heathrow bosses to seize this window of opportunity to get back around the negotiating table.

“Heathrow bosses need to properly recognise the hard work of low paid workers who are essential to the smooth and safe running of the airport with a new pay offer which meets their aspirations.”


For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.