Heathrow Announces Contingency Plans for Tomorrow’s Strike

    Aircraft tails at London Heathrow Terminal 3
    Aircraft tails at Heathrow Terminal 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Heathrow Airport is drafting in extra staff to help cope with tomorrow’s 24-hour strike by ground handlers.

    The airport has announced it will be bringing in extra ‘passenger ambassadors’ to try and minimise any confusion or disruption for passengers.

    ASIG, which handles baggage at Terminals 1, 2 and 3, is also bringing in additional workers as part of its own contingency plans.

    The one-day strike comes after talks between the union Unite and the management of ASIG broke down earlier this week.

    Unite has been involved in a long-running dispute with the ASIG management over pay.

    Unite, which represents more than 500 ground handlers at the three terminals, are claiming that a delayed 2013 pay award should have been implemented over a year ago.

    The strike will take effect from 00.01 and both departing and arriving flights will be affected. Unite have said that flight check-in will also be hit.

    A Heathrow spokesperson said passengers should check with their airline for any delays.