The threatened strike action at Heathrow Airport this weekend by ground staff and refuelling staff employed by Menzies Aviation has been called off after the company agreed a pay deal.
The strike action would have had some impact on British Airways, since Menzies Aviation is responsible for refuelling at Heathrow.
The impact would have been greater on other airlines which use Menzies for services such as check-in and baggage handling. These included American, Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, China Airlines, Air Canada, Croatian, Eurowings, Icelandair, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Egyptair, Qantas and Loganair.
Staff voted for strike action due to Menzies’ refusal to enter into negotiations for outstanding pay increases in 2020 and 2021.
Following the announcement of the strike action, the company made a proposal which has been accepted by staff:
- Ground Handling: 7% pay rise backdated to 1 January 2022 with a further increase promised by May
- Joint Venture refuelling workers: A lump sum payment of £3,000 and a 6% increase in basic pay backdated to 1 January 2022
- BA Refuelling workers: A lump sum payment of £3,000 with a commitment to a further increase at the time of the annual pay round in October
This deals will set a marker for other pay rounds at Heathrow, which could lead to other threats of strike action as the year continues.