Heathrow Airport strikes planned over summer – see the full list of dates

Heathrow Airport strikes planned over summer – see the full list of dates


Brits travelling through Heathrow airport could face severe disruption to their plans as over 4,000 works are set to walk out.

Union Unite is behind the series of strikes planned throughout July and August which it says could "potentially shut down the airport".

You can see the full list of dates where the strikes are planned below. 

The walk outs come following a dispute over pay between the union and the airport.

The union argues that there is a "deepening anger over pay disparities" and claims that the airport's CEO John Holland Kaye received a 103.2 per cent pay increase with his basic remuneration package rising from £2.097 million in 2017 to £4.2 million in 2018.

Employees involved in the walk outs would include security guards, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers.

The strikes are planned across all five of the airport's terminals.

The union says it decided to go plan ahead with strikes after eight separate strike ballots saw its members backing strike action.

Full list of Heathrow airport strikes in 2019

  • Friday 26th July
  • Saturday 27th July
  • Monday 5th August
  • Tuesday 6th August
  • Friday 23rd August
  • Saturday 24th August

Unfortunately for passengers, if there are disruptions to flights as a result of the industrial action, it's unlikely that you'll be entitled to compensation.

That's because the airline is likely to be able to claim 'extraordinary circumstances' aka factors which were out of their control – and the Civil Aviation Authority warns Brits that strikes which are unrelated to the airline such as airport staff do fall under this category.

You can find out more about your rights on the Civil Aviation Authority website.

Heathrow and Unite statements on the strikes

In statement addressing the strike action a representative for the airport said: "We are disappointed that Unite will be taking strike action.

"Following this decision, we will be implementing contingency plans that will ensure the airport remains open and operating safely throughout any coordinated action. We will be working alongside our airline partners to minimise disruption caused to passengers as they look towards their well-deserved summer holidays.

"We are proud of our record as a good employer and we remain committed to finding a solution. We have proposed a progressive pay package giving at least a 4.6% pay rise to over 70% of our frontline colleagues.

"The total package offered is above RPI and is specifically designed to boost the wages of lower paid colleagues. We have invited our union colleagues back to the table and urge them to continue working with us to reach an agreement."

Wayne King, Unite regional coordinating officer, said: “There is deepening anger over pay among workers who are essential to the smooth running of Heathrow Airport.

"They are fed up of being expected to accept crumbs while the chief executive pockets an eye popping 103 per cent rise in his pay package and shareholders are handed dividends of over £2 billion in the last two years alone.

"To add insult to injury there are widening pay disparities leading to airport security guards employed after 2014 earning up to £6,000 less than colleagues hired before that date.

"Unite members ensured over 80 million passengers passed safely through Heathrow in the last 12 months and contributed massively to the airport’s huge profits last year.

"Unite and our members support Heathrow expansion and are working hard to deliver it, but we will not allow Heathrow bosses to get away with low pay.

"All our members are seeking is a pay deal that recognises their important role in keeping passengers safe and on the move, in addition to a commitment by Heathrow bosses to close pay disparities which are leading to a high turnover of staff.

"Bosses at Heathrow Airport need to get their heads out of the sand and start negotiating meaningfully over pay.

"Otherwise there will be significant disruption to flights to and from Heathrow and the potential closure of the airport over the summer months because of industrial action."

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