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Heathrow strikes: American Airlines engineers vote to walk out over pay

Heathrow Airport chaos could continue as American Airlines' engineers vote in favour of strike action.

More than 50 maintenance technicians and crew chiefs are set to walk out after 98 per cent voted to strike over pay. This could impact American Airlines' 23 daily departures from Heathrow.

Strike dates will be announced in the coming days if mediation efforts are unsuccessful.

Why are American Airlines' staff striking?

The engineers are unhappy with a three-year pay offer proposed by American Airlines.

In the first year, technicians would receive 5.3 per cent rise and crew chiefs 3.8 per cent. In the second year, all workers would receive a lump sum cash payment, while in the third year a pay freeze would be implemented, according to Unite the Union.

The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose by 9.9 per cent in the 12 months to August 2022, and inflation is projected to get worse in the coming years.

Unite points to American Airlines' record revenues as proof the pay offer is unfair.

This article originally appeared in Euro News Travel

Photo: Euro News/ CopyrightCanva

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