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Unite Warns Aer Lingus and Other Airlines Could Be Disrupted by Heathrow Strikes This Weekend

Air passengers flying through London’s Heathrow Airport – including those with Aer Lingus – have been warned to expect some levels of disruption this weekend due to strike action by ground handling staff employed by airport logistics company Menzies.

The Unite trade union – which represents the 350 workers who started a 72-hour strike over pay conditions at 4am today (Friday, November 18) – warned the strike action will mainly affect flights at Heathrow’s Terminals 2,3 and 4.

It said flight delays or even cancellations may hit certain airlines – including Aer Lingus, Finnair, Qantas, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, American Airlines, Air Portugal, Egypt Air and Lufthansa.

Aer Lingus is a major operator at Heathrow

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “The strike action will inevitably cause serious delays for passengers at Heathrow but this dispute is entirely of Menzies own making. It has had every opportunity to make our members’ a fair pay offer, but it has stubbornly refused to do so.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members at Menzies play a critical role in ensuring that planes operate safely at Heathrow. Menzies is a wealthy company and it can fully afford to pay its workers a decent pay increase. It is greed not need which is preventing a fair pay offer being made.

“Unite’s members at Menzies will receive the union’s comprehensive support.”

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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