London Heathrow Security Officers Announce 31 Days of Strikes this Summer 2023

The union representing security officers at London’s Heathrow Airport announced a new round of strikes this summer that could have a major impact on travel plans.

Over 2,000 members of the Unite union will strike for 31 days starting on Saturday, June 24 and ending on Aug. 27. The strike days are June 24 through 30; July 14 through 16, 21 through 24, and 28 through 31; and August 4 through 7, 11 through 14, 18 through 20, and 24 through 27.  

Members planning to strike include security officers based at the airport’s Terminal Three, Terminal Five, and campus security officers, who are tasked with checking all personnel and vehicles going airside.

The union said that the walkout by workers at Terminal Three, in particular, will result in a large number of airlines facing the prospect of disruption, delays, and cancellations, including Virgin, Emirates, Qatar, United, American, and Delta. The walkouts at Terminal Five are expected to heavily impact British Airways.

Unite is pushing for higher pay for Heathrow security officers, which it says are paid less than workers at other major U.K. airports in London and the Southeast.