Staff at Heathrow airport’s cargo company Swissport Cargo Services will begin the first of two three-day strikes on 27 June over a pay dispute. The Unite union, which represents 275 Swissport staff, has warned that departing passengers could be “severely affected” by the strike that will begin at 6.30 am on 27 June and ends at 6.29 am on 30 June. The hardest hit will be Asiana Airlines, Swiss Air, Icelandair, Air Astana, Croatia Airlines, Korean Air and Singapore Airlines. The second strike is scheduled from July 4 to 7 July.
In May, Swissport baggage handlers had walked out of their jobs at Stansted but that had not resulted in disruption since contingency plans had been put in place by Essex airport authorities.