Baggage handlers in the Unite union struck at London Heathrow airport on Friday of last week.
The workers, employed by ASIG, have been offered a 5.5 percent rise over two years. This includes a 2013 pay award that is now over a year overdue.
One striker told Socialist Worker, “The cost of living is going up and people are struggling. We’re working with fewer people on the job all the time. And it’s a physical job.
“We’re not asking a lot compared to what MPs are getting. But we’re working very hard and a pay rise is our right. If you don’t stand up, you don’t get anything.”
Workers plan to strike on Friday 17 October if bosses don’t back down, then join the TUC demonstration in central London the following day.