Ground Handler Strike at London Heathrow Friday 12 September – Terminals 1,2 and 3.

If you are travelling on Friday 12 September, please allow plenty of time for your journey through the airport. A small number of staff at ASIG, which provides ground handling services to some airlines at Heathrow Terminals 1,2 and 3, have announced their intention to take strike action. ASIG have plans to maintain their service and we will have extra staff available to support passengers with their journey.

Please contact your airline should you require further information about your specific flight.

The Unite Union has also published the following statement regarding the strike action:

"Heathrow passenger chaos looms in long-running pay row, warns Unite - 09 September 2014

Delays to aircraft taking off and passengers disembarking can be expected on Friday (12 September) when ground handlers strike for 24 hours at three Heathrow terminals in a dispute about pay.

Talks between Unite, the country’s largest union, which represents more than 500 ground handlers, and the management of ASIG broke down yesterday (Monday) over the delayed 2013 pay award which should have been implemented 14 months ago. ASIG is a subsidiary of BBA, the largest ground handler at Heathrow.

The strike will run from 00.01 on Friday for 24 hours and the airlines affected will be at Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Ground handling staff cover such duties as check-in and baggage handling, vital to the smooth running of Heathrow, which is in the top three of the world’s busiest airports.

The deal on offer is 5.5 per cent over two years, which Unite said was unacceptable, given the soaring cost of living."

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