Heathrow airport baggage handlers to strike this weekend with a plan of continues stroke of 8 days leaving the passengers to mourn for their items of luggage. They had issued a warning saying, “missing luggage could disappear forever.” The passengers are to be threatened by their careless demand.
Although, Global Baggage Solutions Ltd. will be partially responsible for handling lost found complaints during the strike; the company is also forcing pressure against its employees with a denial.
The unite which is representing employees are demanding the wage of £10.75 an hour and a plus wage for senior handlers. They also have stated the company has refused for a satisfactory determination to solve the issue with a fair settlement of the pay rate.
The first strike to partake on Sunday, February 02nd to Wednesday, February 05th and the second strike will be on Saturday 22nd to Tuesday, February 25th.
There is not a particular number of the involvement of striking employees, but the Unite regional officer Clare Keogh said,
“Heathrow passengers need to be aware that if their baggage is mislaid, it could disappear forever while our members are on strike. Our members will no longer accept low pay and this dispute is completely a result of the refusal by Global Baggage Solutions to negotiate. Our members are taking strike action as a last resort as life is becoming a daily struggle to survive on poverty pay rates. There is still time for strike action to be avoided if Global Baggage Solutions is prepared to make a realistic pay offer and return to the negotiating table.”
The Unite is also planning to rise with a separate strike for ground handling firm Vanderlande Industries. The Union is surprised by the unexpected situation and proceeded with a secret vote to deliver the wage allocation, and the voting will be closing on February 14th.
While the Heathrow Airport crippling plan is continuing by its baggage handling employees; firefighters and security staff at Gatwick airport are also considering pay rate increase action. The Union has decided for a ballot on industrial action if their offer doesn’t meet the requested requirements.