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Heathrow strikes threatened for February

Unions warn bags could go missing

Heathrow baggage handlers are threatening two strikes next month, each for four days, which could cause delays for passengers.

The staff all work for Global Baggage Solutions, which processes the bags for 30 airlines at Heathrow, but British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are amongst the airlines not handled by the company.

The four-day strikes are planned for Sunday February 2 to Wednesday February 4 and from Sunday February 22 to Wednesday February 25.


The union Unite has rejected the company’s pay offer of 32p an hour. It wants an increase in pay to ensure all workers receive the London Living Wage of £10.75 an hour, with higher pay for more senior members.

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.”

Linsey McNeill

A journalist and travel writer of 35 years' standing, a once-a-week yogi, terrible skier and out-of-order mum to 2 teens. Previously Editor of, bylines also include The Telegraph, The Times, The Observer, the London Evening Standard, Which? and The South China Morning Post.

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