Unite members at Menzies World Cargo ballot for action

Tim Lezard

Unknown-1Unite members working for  Menzies World Cargo at Heathrow are being balloted for strike action after the company imposed a two-year pay freeze, despite making £36m profit last year.

Talks to attempt to resolve the dispute at Acas broke down this week without agreement and the union is urging the company to return to negotiations.

Menzies made £35.6 million in underlying operating profits in 2012 from its aviation division, which is 16% up on 2011. Its clients include Air India, China Airlines, Kuwait, Asiana, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, MEA, Egypt Air, Austrian, MNG, SAS, Thai, TAP, Transero and Aegean.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said: “It beggars belief that a company making millions in profits is freezing workers’  pay for two years.  Our members have delivered these profits for Menzies and they view Menzies’ refusal to recognise their contribution as an act of greed. Unite will be balloting for strike action very shortly but hope the company will see sense and get back around the negotiating table.”



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