Heathrow sup­ply work­ers set to strike

The Scotsman - - AROUND SCOTLAND - By ALAN JONES

Work­ers who trans­port food, drink and duty free sup­plies to air­lines at Heathrow air­port are to stage a five- day strike in a row over new ro­tas.

Mem­bers of t he Unite union em­ployed by Al­pha LSG will walk out f rom May 22. The union said “pun­ish­ing” new ro­tas had been im­posed on the driv­ers, who voted by al­most nine to one in favour of in­dus­trial ac­tion.

The firm sup­plies air­lines in­clud­ing Amer­i­can Air­lines, Air Canada, Eti­had, Singapore Air­lines and Qatar Air­ways.

Unite r egional offi cer Jayesh Mistry said: “The new ros­ters are tak­ing a heavy toll on the work­ers’ well- be­ing. The com­pany are treat­ing work­ers with con­tempt.

“It’s an at­tack on f am­ily life and the driv­ers are fight­ing back.”

A com­pany spokesman said: ““Unite has never pre­vi­ously raised con­cerns in re­spect of work- life bal­ance to this work pat­tern, un­til i t was i ntro­duced across our en­tire Heathr ow op e r at i on. We ar e im­mensely dis­ap­pointed that Unite has es­ca­lated this with the un­nec­es­sary threat of strike ac­tion.”

A Heathrow spokesman said: “Heathrow has plans in place to pro­vide ad­di­tional as­sis­tance to pas­sen­gers who may be im­pacted by this strike be­tween the air­lines, their col­leagues and con­trac­tors.”

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