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Staff at airport catering giant Alpha LSG, which provides food and duty free items to London Heathrow Airport (LHR), are threatening to strike from 22-26 May, covering most of the upcoming Bank Holiday long weekend.

Employees are protesting changes to shift patterns they believe are unfair on workers’ health. A spokesperson claims that Alpha is forcing staff to work an extra 12 weekends a year, including working a minimum of five weekends in a row before receiving a weekend off, as well as shorter rest breaks and increased workloads.

Which flights and airlines could be affected? Alpha supplies a huge number of airlines at Heathrow, including:

  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air New Zealand
  • American Airlines
  • ANA
  • Asiana
  • Avianca
  • Biman Bangladesh
  • China Eastern
  • Ethiopian
  • Etihad
  • EVA
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Hainan
  • Japan Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Kuwait Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • MEA Middle East Airlines
  • Philippine Airline
  • PIA
  • Royal Brunei
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines

Major tenants British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates will not be affected by this potential industrial action.

Heathrow Airport says it is working with affected airlines on contingency plans to minimise any disruptions to passengers’ flight experience. Neither airlines nor airport have yet announced if there will be any issues with providing sufficient meals to passengers on these flights during these dates.

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