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Heathrow staff vote for strike but let down by law

HEATHROW airport staff voted for strike action over holiday pay and conditions yesterday but failed to reach the legal threshold brought in by anti-union laws.

Security staff, engineers and firefighters were among the airport’s staff to vote 69.8 per cent in favour of walkout but narrowly missed the 50 per cent turnout threshold by 2 per cent.

The new threshold was brought in by the Tories in March this year when the Trade Union Act came into force.

Unite said its reps will be meeting in the coming days to discuss the next steps.

Regional officer Wayne King said: “Today’s result should be a massive wake-up call to Heathrow bosses.

“They need to recognise the sizeable discontent that exists among its staff and start negotiating with the union to repair the serious breakdown in industrial relations.

“It is shameful that the Tories’ anti-trade union laws are giving bad bosses licence to impose damaging cuts and changes to terms and conditions without union agreement.

“Our members are highly skilled professionals, working in safety-critical roles.

“They keep Heathrow safe, but feel badly let down by the high-handed way they’ve been treated.”

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