We’re inviting John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s super-salaried top boss to spend a month in the life of the airport’s 4,000 security, airside operations, passenger and fire services staff, who despite working harder than ever through the pandemic, have been told to accept a 24% PERMANENT wage cut or go.
Dear John Holland-Kaye,
On your £2.6m a year mega salary it must be hard for you to imagine what an £8,000 a year pay cut actually means, which is why we would like to invite you to spend a month in the life of the workers you are pushing onto the breadline.
Come and meet Sue* a security officer. She’s her family’s sole breadwinner. Sue’s son has autism. Because of the cuts you're making to Sue's pay she faces the horrific stress of moving a child with special needs out of the only home and school they’ve ever known as she can no longer afford the mortgage.
Then there’s husband and wife security officers who met 12 years ago on the job. Thanks to your permanent pay cut, they’re losing £1,000 a month and have had to put their dreams of starting a family permanently on hold because they can no longer afford the fertility treatment they desperately need.
Or Tanvir*, he works in airside operations and is losing £500 a month. He’s the sole breadwinner for his family supporting his mum, dad and sister after his mum lost her job because of the pandemic. He’s now struggling with depression and literally does not know how he’s going to pay the bills.
Everyone of the workers we spoke to said that because of the challenges caused by Covid-19 they’d be willing to help the company out.
You rejected their offer. Why?
John, your annual report shows that £21m million are paid to you and your managers. Should pay sacrifices not start with you and your team, not imposed on people trying to make ends meet in one of the most expensive cities in the world?
Please reflect on what you're doing to these people - and let's talk because there has to be a better, fairer way forward.
*Names changed to protect their identities