Travel chaos as Heathrow cargo staff announce strike?

Ruth Doherty
Travel chaos as Heathrow cargo staff to go on strike
Travel chaos as Heathrow cargo staff to go on strike


Passengers flying out of Heathrow next week could face delays following a cargo strike action announcement.

Staff working for Swissport Cargo Services will carry out two three-day strikes, with the first beginning at 6.30am on 27 June and ending at 6.29am on 30 June.

The second walk-out at Heathrow is scheduled to begin at 6.30am on 4 July, finishing at 6.29am on 7 July.

The Unite union, which represents 275 Swissport staff, warned that passengers could be "severely affected" by the strike, telling the Telegraph: "Flights could be delayed as cargo on passenger flights has to be properly configured before the plane can take-off," said a Unite spokesman. "If cargo and vehicles are in the wrong place because of the strike this is going to have adverse knock-on affects."

However, a spokesman for Heathrow's owners BAA told the paper: "We do not expect the strike by cargo crew working for Swissport to have any impact on passengers or flights from Heathrow".

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