Unite hails victory as cargo handlers at Heathrow Airport vote to accept pay hike


Two hundred cargo handlers and truckers, who handle freight operations for top international airlines at Heathrow Airport, have voted overwhelmingly to accept a one-year 7.5 per cent pay deal.

Unite the union said its members employed by Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) have overwhelmingly accepted the pay deal for the year starting January 2022. The new package also includes a one-off payment of £1,000 for the year 2021.

The handlers had voted for strike action after the company imposed a pay freeze for the year starting January 2021, but that industrial action has now been suspended and the members are working normally.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This pay victory for our WFS members is another reminder that Unite is determined to get our members across the UK pay awards that help combat rocketing living costs.

“Our members stood together, ready to take industrial action to win improved pay and their solidarity has paid off.”

Unite members ‘build’ the freight cargos and then truck them to points at the airport for loading onto airlines and they also deal with unloaded cargo from passenger flights.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “This rise brings our members into line with similar increases that have been achieved at WFS’ competitors. The package was accepted by a 90 per cent majority of the workers – they are very pleased with the outcome.”

Unite is dedicated to advancing the jobs, pay and conditions of its members and will fight back against any efforts to diminish workers’ living standards.