Members of Unite the UK and Ireland’s largest union have accepted an inflation busting 6.5 per cent pay increase over two years (3.25 per cent a year). The union has also confirmed it has accepted an offer to take part in negotiations over outstanding conditions for Menzies Aviation workers, operating at Heathrow Terminal 2.

Largest union

Unite is the largest union at the company and has in excess of 600 members employed in baggage handling, cargo and refuelling.

As part of the pay deal Unite has also secured agreement that outstanding issues concerning sick pay, holiday pay and skills’ payments, which do not affect the entire workforce, will be thoroughly discussed in separate workshops.

Needless delay

However, Unite is concerned that the resolution of the outstanding matters will be delayed as another smaller union at Menzies, has rejected the pay deal and was invited to negotiations at conciliation service Acas. As those talks could potentially affect Unite members, it was also invited.

As a result, the other union has refused to attend the Acas negotiations and will instead ballot its members for industrial action.

Keen to assist

Unite regional officer Kevin Halls said: “Unite is keen to assist in resolving this dispute as quickly and smoothly as possible.

“We have achieved an excellent inflation busting pay deal on behalf of our members and also secured agreement about a longer term strategy to deal with complicated issues relating to employee conditions.

“We hope there will not be a delay in the unions and Menzies in resolving the outstanding matters regarding the terms and conditions of the workforce, and trust this can be resolved jointly with the other union.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.


  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.