Heathrow Easter holiday strikes by more than 160 baggage maintenance engineers employed by Vanderlande Industries have been postponed following a new pay offer by the company. 

Unite, the UK’s leading union, said the strike action, which was scheduled to take place between 8 April and 10 April, has been postponed to allow its Vanderlande members to vote on the new deal. 

If the deal is rejected by the membership, then strikes will be rescheduled for a later date. Any strike action would impact all airlines at Heathrow, including BA, KLM, Air France and Lufthansa. 

The workers are highly skilled engineering technicians, duty engineers, process managers and control room operators. They are responsible for operating and maintaining the complete baggage system across every terminal.

Unite regional officer Lindsey Olliver said: “During negotiations last week held under the auspices of the conciliation service ACAS, Vanderlande put forward a new offer. 

“Over the next two weeks, Unite will be balloting our members on whether it meets their aspirations.”


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