Heathrow Airport strike: UK airport to be 'shut down' as 4,000 staff threaten summer chaos

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The UK’s busiest airport could be “shut down” this summer as more than 4,000 workers will walk out in a series of strikes over a pay dispute, union Unite has said. Staff will walk out on July 26, July 27, August 5, August 6, August 23 and August 24. Security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers, are all set to take industrial action.

The planned strike action follows on from a rejection of an 18 month pay offer amounting to a 2.7 per cent rise.

Unite regional coordinating officer Wayne King says there is a “deepening anger over pay among workers” who are “fed up of being expected to accept crumbs”.

Mr King also hit out at the salary of Heathrow Airport’s chief executive officer John Holland-Kaye, who received a 103.2 percent pay increase with his basic remuneration package rising from £2.097 million in 2017 to £4.2 million in 2018.

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