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Security at Heathrow in 10-day strike over pay

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Passengers using Heathrow Airport will face delays and cancellations this Easter after 1,400 security staff embarked on a 10 day strike over pay.

The industrial action by the Unite union started today (March 31) after last-ditch talks ended failed to reach a resolution.

The strike involves security officers at Terminal 5, used soley by British Airways, and those who check cargo.

BA said it had to canvcel 70 flights on the first day of the strike.

Unite has accused Heathrow of a real-terms wage cut despite putting 10% increase on the table plus a lump sum payment (of over £1,000).


Heathrow claims a says contingency plans will keep the airport operating.

The stike is designed to hit the Easter getaway and with and with staffing stretched, getting through security could take longer.

The airport said it has contingency plans to keep it operating “as normal” by deploying 1,000 extra colleagues and Heathrow’s management team to assist passengers.