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Heathrow Airport faces ‘major disruption’ as worker go on strike

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Passengers at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, on November 18, 2022 face travel disruption on the first of three days of strike action over pay by ground staff workers employed by Menzies.(Dinendra Haria - Anadolu Agency)
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Nov 19, 2022 - 01:08 AM

ISTANBUL (AA) – As many as 350 workers at London’s Heathrow Airport began a three-day strike early Friday over a pay dispute, according to the Unite Union.

London’s busiest air travel hub will face “major disruption” as ground handlers employed by aviation firm Menzies begin industrial action, the union said in a press release.

“The dispute will lead to disruption, delays and cancellation for flights leaving Heathrow Terminals 2, 3 and 4. The strike action will particularly affect Air Canada, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Air Portugal, Austrian airlines, Qantas, Egypt Air, Aer Lingus and Finnair,” it added.

Sharon Graham, general secretary of Unite, accused Menzies of not paying workers a “decent pay increase” despite being a “wealthy company.”

“It is greed not need which is preventing a fair pay offer being made,” Graham added.

The UK has seen dozens of strikes from workers in postal, railway and other services amid a cost of living crisis in recent months.

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