Slough MP Tan Dhesi joined others from across the area when they challenged Heathrow Airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye over the company’s decision to make permanent cuts to the pay, terms and conditions of thousands of employees.

The meeting with Heathrow Airport Ltd (HAL) took place on Monday, October 5.

Mr Dhesi said: “Lots of Slough constituents have contacted me, very anxious about losing their jobs or having their wages slashed.

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"I along with five other concerned MPs met with the Heathrow Chief Executive and members of his senior team to express the view that given the current crisis is temporary, there should not be a permanent lowering of employees’ terms and conditions.

"A sensible solution can be found, but that can only be done through constructive talks with the staff and their unions.

“It will take a long time to recover from the impact of this virus. That’s why the Government should have done an aviation sectoral deal which supports job like those at Heathrow.”

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Workers face losing up to £8,000 per year, around 25 per cent of their total income. Over 4,000 workers are affected by HAL’s proposals.

The MPs have been working closely with the Unite union to put pressure on airport bosses.

Members of Unite employed directly by Heathrow, including security officers, engineers, airside operatives and firefighters, began balloting for industrial action this week after Heathrow decided to issue formal notice of their intention to ‘fire and rehire’ staff.

The ballot closes on Thursday 5 November and if members vote for industrial action then strikes could begin later next month.