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Heathrow staff plan secret summer party next to airport

Fury as striking Heathrow staff plan secret summer party next to airport on Friday and Saturday as they inflict misery on holidaymakers – but warn activists to ‘remain sober on picket lines’

  • Union activists plan a summer bash for Heathrow staff during their strike
  • Unite is threatening to shut the airport down on Friday and Saturday
  • Union members have been invited to an all-day bar and barbecue party

Union activists are planning a secret summer party for striking Heathrow staff while they inflict misery on holidaymakers.

Unite has threatened to shut down the airport on Friday and Saturday on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

More than 4,000 workers are expected to walk out in a protest over pay, causing chaos for families heading abroad.

While this is happening, many workers – including staff meant to be manning the security gates at Heathrow – are expected to be drinking beer and eating sausages at all-day barbecue and bar just outside the airport’s southern perimeter.

More than 4,000 workers are expected to walk out in a protest over pay, causing chaos for families heading abroad (file photo of passengers queuing at Heathrow Terminal 5 in 2017)

What the invitation says: 

Hot drinks and cakes will be provided. 

There is a bar all day and a bbq there, please bring your own meat/coal if you wish to use the bbq or bring your own food to eat.

Please try to remain sober on picket lines, absolutely no drinking of alcohol on the picket lines as it does not send the correct message. 

Unite members have been invited to a huge summer party at a sports club from 6am to 11pm on both Friday and Saturday, while the strike is taking place. It will feature an all-day bar.

The event has been organised by HAL Solidarity, where HAL stands for Heathrow Airport Limited. Its Facebook page, which has more than 1,200 Unite members, is closed to the public.

But the Mail has seen the invitation, which reads: ‘Hot drinks and cakes will be provided. There is a bar all day and a bbq there, please bring your own meat/coal if you wish to use the bbq or bring your own food to eat.

‘Please try to remain sober on picket lines, absolutely no drinking of alcohol on the picket lines as it does not send the correct message.’

Almost half a million passengers are expected to pass through Heathrow during the planned 48-hour strike – twice as many as during the off-peak months.

The protest by security staff is likely to have the biggest impact – leading to huge queues for passengers at security. This will inevitably lead to flights being delayed or cancelled.

Last-ditch talks between Unite and Heathrow, hosted by conciliation service Acas, resumed yesterday in an effort to avert a strike.

Almost half a million passengers are expected to pass through Heathrow during the planned 48-hour strike – twice as many as during the off-peak months (file photo of passengers in Terminal 2)

Almost half a million passengers are expected to pass through Heathrow during the planned 48-hour strike – twice as many as during the off-peak months (file photo of passengers in Terminal 2)

Tory MP Grant Shapps said: ‘It’s astonishing that union activists would invite members to party the day and night away while disrupting the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of Brits.’

Heathrow said 70 per cent of staff have been offered an inflation-busting pay rise of at least 4.6 per cent over 18 months.

Unite insists the hike is equivalent to just £3.75 a day extra for the lowest paid workers. Security officers are paid a starting salary of £23,153.

Further walk-outs are scheduled at Heathrow for August 5 and 6 and for August 23 and 24.

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