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Heathrow strikes end as security staff accept improved pay deal

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The long running industrial action over pay by security staff at Heathrow has been resolved after workers agreed to accept an improved pay deal.

Staff will receive an increase of between 15.5% and 17.5% depending on their pay grade.

Over 2,000 security staff across Terminal 3, Terminal 5 and Campus Security (responsible for checking staff and vehicles) had been planning a further 31 days of strike action across the summer.

Heathrow security staff accept improved pay offer

According to the Unite union, the deal comprises:

  • a 10% increase to basic salary, shift pay and allowances backdated to January
  • a further 1.5% pay increase from October 2023
  • a guarantee of a 2024 rise in line with inflation, with a minimum rise of 4%
  • adjustments to spot rates, salary ranges and formal pay progression which will see additional rises for some staff
  • the end of a policy under which staff would be switched between terminals with no notice
  • an improved maternity and paternity pay policy

The deal brings to an end the current industrial action which had seen 18 days of strikes since Easter, albeit that the use of short term agency staff and airport management meant that passenger disruption had been minimised.

Comments (24)

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  • Stagger Lee says:

    Good news.

    There is power in a Union

    • Qrfan says:

      Don’t let Andrew bailey see this though.

    • Rhys says:

      The way John Holland Kaye (Heathrow CEO) spoke about it recently, it sounded like the offer is fundamentally unchanged from when it was tabled months ago but that Unite were dragging their feet on balloting their members on it. He publicly said that he expected it to pass as soon as that happened, which it clearly has.

      Of course, as we aren’t party to the discussions, I dunno if that’s true or not!

      • Andrew says:

        *the disgraced John Holland Kaye

      • Novelty-Socks says:

        He would say that though, wouldn’t he?

      • Ken says:

        Well that would be a big fat lie wouldn’t it.

        The 1.5% increment from October wasn’t on the table for a start. Doesn’t sound a lot but compounds with next years increase.

        If he told me it was raining, I’d be stepping outside just to check for myself.

  • David says:

    I’m I wrong in that they received a pay cut during covid and now essentially got what they already had, back?! Where’s the win here?

    • Chabuddy Geezy says:

      If they didn’t go on strike they would still have a pay cut??

    • Keely says:

      Actually for a significant proportion of staff, this doesn’t even reinstate their original salary.

      (JDB will be along soon to tell you I’m wrong.
      I’m not ….)

      • His Holyness says:

        He’s probably sloshed at Ascot today?

      • Lady London says:

        Although it doesn’t sound like they have got back much from what they lost since covid, the staff will however be able to take comfort from the fact that somewhere, some fatcats will get increased dividends from keeping staff wages down. And of course it’s absolutely mandatory that the profits do get paid into pensions.. and that dividends get declared and paid…although there’s no actual requirement to pay any dividend regardless of profits made by a business….but probably a contractual requirement to pay Directors’ and senior management in the business, bonuses for profit performance… So that’s all right then.

    • Lady London says:

      This all looks like jam tomorrow, and nothing for what they lost in covid and since.

      Even maternity and paternity pay is not much of a concession from their employer – not every employee gets pregnant. Plus again it’s not a permanent type of payment.

      Unite hasn’t done as badly as they could have but I am wondering why they stopped now when they have much more leverage in summer if they strike.

  • DocMartin says:

    Meanwhile doctors still only offered 5%, very realistic stance from the UK Govt…..

  • TimW says:

    Let us hope that the deal also contains a clause that they have, at least try, to break into smile and be courteous their customers, rather than generally treating them as a great inconvenience. 🤔

    • Track says:

      I too have the same impression.

      Particularly when T2/T3 priority lanes ‘guards’ throw a perfectly sealable plastic with liquids back at you.

      They also treat customer personal belongings with contempt.

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    Might explain why they looked happy at T3 this morning!

    The only miserable and discourteous people I saw were some passengers!

    • Track says:

      It is hard to stay courteous after years of negative conditioning and contemptive treatment by security screening at Heathrow.

      • Lady London says:

        I suppose they could try Manchester Airport security, then ?

  • sayling says:

    “the end of a policy under which staff would be switched between terminals with no notice”

    That seems a strange thing to include (or, effectively remove) as a condition of employment, doesn’t it? I would have assumed transport would have been provided if someone turned up for work at T3 and was told to go to T5 anyway

  • His Holyness says:

    Are the BS lounge catering staff not unionised? They must be so poorly paid with zero benefits. I feel sorry for them, waiting hand and foot on boomer BA pax would send chills down my spine.

  • Jannis says:

    15% increase is insane

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