Heathrow American Airlines engineers vote to strike
London Heathrow flight disruption ahead as American Airlines engineers vote to strike
Aircraft maintenance technicians and crew chiefs, responsible for American Airlines’ Heathrow operations, have voted overwhelmingly to strike over pay.
Unite said 98% voted to reject a three-year pay deal
The airline proposed a three-year ‘wage drop’ the union said.
Dates for the strikes will be announced in the coming days.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “American Airlines is proposing that our members accept a three year pay cut. That is simply unacceptable. As the strength of this vote shows, our members are rock solid and ready to strike for a fair deal.”
Workers are required to be licenced by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to maintain, repair and certify for airworthiness American Airlines’ fleet.
Unite says another 300 members employed at Heathrow by United Airlines may also go on strike over pay, with a ballot for industrial action closing on 11 October.