Holiday plans for Brits heading abroad could be plunged into chaos as almost 200 flights have been cancelled at Heathrow Airport.
Due to planned strikes next week, the airport has worked with 91 airlines including BA to proactively cancel 172 flights out of the hub, The Sun reports.
A two-day strike involving security guards, firefighters, engineers, passenger service operatives and passenger service drivers is due to start at 12.01am on Monday and finish at 11.59pm on Tuesday.
Unite said its 4,000 members rejected a revised pay deal by 88% and last ditch talks will now be held to stop the strike.
If talks fail, the strikes next week, as well as ones planned for August 23 and August 24, will go ahead.
Heathrow made the flight cancellations before hearing the ballot result.
Unite said it would immediately enter talks at the conciliation service Acas and warned Heathrow against choosing to pay millions of pounds in compensation to airlines for cancelled flights rather than using that money to settle the dispute.
Unite said that around 88,000 passengers will be affected if the industrial action goes ahead.
A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that Unite has rejected the latest pay offer and will continue to seek an agreement at ACAS.
“Unite is proceeding with its unnecessary strike action on 5th and 6th August and we regret that passengers looking to get away on well-earned breaks will be impacted by this.
“We have activated contingency plans which will keep the airport open and safe on both strike days. We expect security queue times to be slightly longer than normal and advise passengers to check our website for detailed information on how to prepare for their flights and when to arrive at the airport.
“As part of our plans, we are working with airlines to proactively consolidate flights and rebook passengers onto alternative services in advance. We also advise passengers to contact their airlines for the latest information, as well as follow our Twitter and Facebook accounts for further updates.”
The airport also advised passengers to allow plenty of time for their journey as queues may be longer than usual.
They should arrive two hours before departure for UK and European flights and three hours for all other flights.
An earlier strike, which was due to take place on Friday July 26 and Saturday July 27, was suspended “while the workforce votes on a new pay offer”.
Along with the two dates ahead of August bank holiday, Heathrow could end up paying £4.6million in compensation to airlines according to Unite.
Unite regional coordinating officer Wayne King said: “Rather than provoking the disruption that strike action will cause, we would urge Heathrow Airport to use this money for an improved pay offer that better reflects the hard work of the workers who keep the airport running safely and smoothly.
“This latest vote for strike action points to growing anger among the airport’s workers in a whole range of vital jobs which are essential to the smooth and safe running of Heathrow. Airport bosses need to heed this latest strike vote and the overwhelming rejection by our members of the revised pay offer which offers little over and above the original offer of £3.75 extra a day for many workers.
“It is in Heathrow bosses’ power to settle this dispute. We would urge them to work with us to do so and avoid the disruption to passengers that strike action will inevitably bring.”
Heathrow previously said that the pay deal offered means frontline staff will receive a pay increase of 7.3 per cent over two years.
It added that the pay increase is higher than those recently offered to public sector staff and the airport’s own managerial team.
The airport had previously proposed a 4.6 per cent pay increase for 70 per cent of its frontline staff, with the remainder to receive 3.2 per cent increase over 18 months.
There are a number of other strikes that could affect Brits this summer.
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