UK airport workers call off planned strike

World Monday 05/August/2019 21:22 PM
By: Times News Service
UK airport workers call off planned strike

Muscat: The union representing workers at London's Heathrow Airport has announced a decision to "postpone" planned strike action on Tuesday.

The news came after a new offer was put on the negotiating table by management at the airport.

Oman Air has been updating passengers flying to and from London and advising them to check before leaving for the airport.

On Monday, the national carrier was able to fly in and out of Heathrow, after planned industrial action on Monday was also called off at the 11th hour.

However, strikes are still scheduled for 23 and 24 August.

"We are closely monitoring the situation and making plans to ensure any disruptions to our flight operations at London's Heathrow Airport will be minimised if strike action goes ahead," the Oman Air statement advised.

A statement issued by Heathrow Airport read: "Unite has chosen to postpone their strike action on Tuesday 6th August.

"We regret that passengers may have been inconvenienced by this change. Strike action on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August is still scheduled to go ahead."

They added: "Whilst most flights will operate as scheduled, to ensure your comfort, safety and security during this time, we are working with our airline partners to consolidate and reduce the number of flights operating during the strike period. Unfortunately, this does mean that some passengers will be moved onto different flights by their airlines.

"This is a difficult time for Heathrow, our airline partners, and above all our passengers, as the proposed strike action has been unreasonably designed to impact passengers taking well-deserved holidays," they said. "We apologise for any disruption to your journey, and appreciate your patience during this time."

The national carrier of Oman added, "We regret any inconvenience this may have caused and urge all guests to monitor our website and social media channels for up-to-date information on the status of our flight operations."