A Planned Catering Strike Could Leave Passengers Flying Through Heathrow with an Empty Stomach

May 12, 2019

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Passengers flying through London’s Heathrow airport (LHR) at the end of May might want to pack a few snacks for their next flight should a planned strike by the Unite union move forward.

Drivers for Alpha LSG, an airport catering company, are set to go on strike at midnight on May 22 through May 26, which is a busy holiday travel weekend in the UK. The strike would “disrupt the supply of food, drink and duty free products for 29 international airlines,” including Qatar Airways, Qantas, American Airlines, Etihad and Singapore Airlines, according to the Independent.

Drivers are set to protest new schedule changes that the union claims is having a negative impact on the workers and their home lives. “The new rosters are taking a heavy toll on the workers’ well-being. The company are treating workers with contempt by trying to force them to work an extra 12 weekends a year,” according to union regional leader Jayesh Mistry.

A spokesperson for Heathrow said the airport is putting contingency plans in place to lessen the impact of any strike. In the meantime, check out the TPG staff picks for our favorite snacks to bring onboard a flight.

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