Refuelling staff reject offer to make strike inevitable

Strike
action by Heathrow aircraft refuellers
now looks inevitable after workers at AFS (a refueling company) today rejected a two-year offer
from the company.

The
revised offer was explained and put to a vote of the 40-strong workforce at a
mass meeting organised by the Transport & General Workers Union
(T&G). It was rejected unanimously.

The
planned 48-hour strike action is due to start at 4.30am tomorrow.

“Our
members do not believe that the offer being put forward meets their
aspirations. But, more importantly, it does not compensate many of them for the
terms and conditions, such as pension and overtime provisions, that have been
taken away from them by the refuelling companies who have major interests
within AFS,”

T&G
regional industrial organiser Kevin Hall said: “This being the case, it is
extremely unlikely that we will be able to avoid any industrial action planed
for Friday.”

By Quentin Reade

 

 

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