Potential Strike Alert at London and Manchester Airports (Update)

Potential Strike

(Originally posted on December 18, 2014, Updated on December 22, 2014) Unite, Britain’s biggest union at 1.42 million members is asking its members handling check-in and cargos at London Heathrow (IATA Airport Code – LHR), London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) airports to go on strike on December 23 and 24, 2014. This action might significantly impact holiday travellers plans.


The strike action is against Dnata, one of the largest suppliers of air services such as aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel and flight catering.

Workers voted overwhelmingly at 83% to strike over pay raise that would see supervisors receiving 4.5% vs half for other staff.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “Strike action is very much a last resort and our members are mindful of the potential disruption it could cause. But they feel frustrated with an employer that has refused point blank to go to Acas and negotiate in a sensible manner.

“Instead, hardworking staff have seen their supervisors enjoy a pay rise double the amount that was imposed on them.”

“Our members are angry over the inequality being shown within Dnata and we would urge management to join us at Acas to reach a fair pay deal.”

Unite is asking Dnata to resolve its pay conflicts with Acas, which is an employment organization specializing in conflict management.

Update – December 22, 2014

After, additional discussion between Unite and Dnata, they have settled on the pay issue we reported earlier.  Unite workers will now be given the change to vote on revised pay proposals following talks between Dnata and the Unite union.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.”

A statement from Dnata said: “Unite has accepted Dnata’s offer of an increase in salary of 2.25 per cent, and a one-time payment of £175 for all employees.

“Unite agreed to the new salary award following Dnata’s incorporation of additional compensation for all elements of shift pay, London weighting allowance, and LGV supplement for all eligible Dnata employees. Salary increases will be backdated to July 1, 2014.

“Unite has confirmed the suspension of any industrial action until their members have voted on the salary award.”