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Nightmare at Heathrow – planned back-to-school strike to inflict ‘considerable disruption’ on families

MORE strikes at Heathrow have been announced this month which will cause ‘considerable disruption’ to thousands of family holidays.

Heathrow Aviation Fuel Services (AFS) refueling company staff threaten to walk out for three days.

More strikes could cause chaos at Heathrow this month

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More strikes could cause chaos at Heathrow this monthCredit: nc
Baggage problems, strikes and canceled flights are just some of the problems faced by Britons this year

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Baggage problems, strikes and canceled flights are just some of the problems faced by Britons this yearCredit: Reuters

The strikes will take place from July 21 to July 24, affecting the first weekend of the summer holidays and millions of passengers traveling abroad.

More than 70 airlines including Virgin, Delta and KLM are set to be hit as the Union fights to end their three-year wage freeze with a double-digit pay rise.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “AFS must offer its workers a decent pay rise.

“Oil and gas companies are making huge profits, so AFS has the wherewithal to make a proper offer. AFS workers have taken pay cuts for three years, so it’s time for AFS to reward their sacrifices.

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“Our AFS members will receive Unite’s full support until this dispute is resolved and workers receive a decent pay rise.”

And Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said it would cause “considerable disruption” at Heathrow.

A spokesperson for Heathrow Airport said of the AFS strike: “We are in discussion with our airline partners about contingency plans they can implement, including using d ‘other fuel suppliers already present at the airport’.

It comes just days after thousands of passengers at Heathrow were thrown into chaos and left stranded as staff battled a fueling system failure.

And the strikes are expected to continue to cause widespread travel chaos this summer.

EasyJet has already gone on strike this month, and further strikes will take place between the 15th and 17th, and finally between the 29th and 31st.

British Airways check-in and ground staff who belong to the GMB and Unite unions will leave pay in a row from July 8.

Holidaymakers are urged to be careful when buying travel insurance as new research finds that four in 10 policies offer no protection against cancellations caused by strikes.

And it’s not just strikes that are causing problems – travelers are already feeling the pressure of a widespread staffing crisis.

British Airways canceled 1,500 more flights this summer, in addition to pre-scheduled cancellations of 16,000 flights through October.

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EasyJet has warned another 10,000 could be cut this summer.

And Lufthansa, which initially confirmed it would cancel 900 flights this summer, announced another 2,200 would be cut.

Strikes will affect millions of Britons as summer vacation begins

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Strikes will affect millions of Britons as summer vacation beginsCredit: Reuters

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