Britain’s biggest airport could axe a quarter of its frontline staff after months of talks with trade unions about employee pay and conditions failed to land an agreement.
Sky News has learnt that Heathrow Airport informed union officials on Wednesday afternoon that it was issuing a formal Section 188 notice, triggering a 45-day consultation period that could lead to compulsory job losses.
Sources said that up to 4,700 of the airport’s engineers, airside operations and security staff would be included in the consultation process.
Roughly one-quarter, or around 1,200, of those posts may be axed without a deal involving substantial pay cuts and changes to benefits such as reduced pensions for thousands of workers, they added.
One insider pointed out that Heathrow had pledged to avoid compulsory redundancies if the PCS, Prospect and Unite unions agreed to the revised terms, for which a deadline of the end of last month was set…