Earlier today, Seema Malhotra joined 30 Unite members in a socially distanced demo at College Green outside Parliament. It was in support of the 1000 Dnata Catering UK workers currently face redundancy or risk being fired and rehired on reduced hours, and with worse terms and conditions.
The MP had previously joined workers at Dnata Catering UK in Cranford, with local councillors and trade union representatives, to lend her support to their campaign to secure a better deal.
Dnata Catering UK is the biggest provider of inflight catering in the UK. The world leading Heathrow site alone provides inflight meals and drinks to more than 60 airlines at Heathrow. It represents an important employer for the community and a valuable member of the Heathrow aviation community, said the MP.
In a letter written to the company in August, Seema Malhotra highlighted her dismay that if the current plans proceed, many of the workers will be unable to pay their bills and support their families, while some would face losing their homes. She also indicated that the majority of workers are over 55 years old and have loyally served the company for over 20 years, even through difficult times.
The MP has made clear that a solution must be found in which staff, unions and management work more closely together.