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Heathrow cargoThe GMB has claimed Heathrow has ‘betrayed’ workers by backtracking on a promised pay rise which was due to take effect this month.

Following GMB’s long-running campaign, Heathrow announced all contracted staff working at the airport would be paid the London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour by April 2020.

But instead of honouring the promised Heathrow Ltd - which claims to be ‘a proud London Living Wage employer' - has used the Coronavirus crisis to keep workers on poverty wages.

To rub salt in the wound, low-paid workers are not even being given access to free parking at the airport.

Perry Phillips, GMB Organiser, said: “Heathrow has betrayed our members. These are workers who - during the coronavirus pandemic - have put their lives on the line to provide a safe service to passengers from all over the world.

"Now they're being told their promised pay rise is suspended – and they can’t even get free parking while the work during the crisis. This is outrageous. Heathrow posts massive profits every year – they must do the decent thing.”

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