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London Heathrow staff to go on strike for 4 days in December

Thousands of workers at London’s Heathrow Airport have announced planned strike action next month as they accuse the airport of planning to ‘fire and rehire; 4,000 on ‘vastly reduced pay.’

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Four days of action have been planned. They are as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 1st: The first 24-hour strike
  • Monday, December 14th: A second 24-hour strike
  • Thursday, December 17th through Friday, December 18th: A 48-hour-long strike

Self-proclaimed as ‘UK’s principal aviation union,’ Unite consists of a wide range of workers, including firefighters, engineers, campus security, baggage operations, operational and airside workers. 85% of union members voted in favor of taking industrial action.

The airport is trying to force workers to accept permanent pay cuts of up to £8,000 per annum, the equivalent of $10,500 (a quarter of their total pay).

In its press release, the union said, “Unite’s announcement of strike dates follows a decision by Heathrow to inflict even more misery on its workforce.”

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