Ground staff strikes may mean chaotic bank holiday - Gatwick Airport News

Airport news for Gatwick on 18/08/2008.

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Workers have voted to strike over pay, and it’s expected that the labour action will spread to other UK airports.

Baggage handlers and passenger check-in staff at Gatwick have voted to stage 24-hour walkouts on two different days in late August – 25 and 29 August – after rejecting the offer by management of a three per cent pay increase. The strike would mean flight cancellations for some passengers and lengthy delays for others at Gatwick and possibly Stansted and other busy airports.

Airlines impacted at Gatwick would include Air Malta, Air Transat, First Choice, Monarch, North West, Oman Air, Thomson Fly and Virgin Atlantic, and some smaller carriers as well.

The Unite union represents workers involved in the upcoming strike, and reported that their more than 300 members rejected Swissport’s "paltry" offer, which is less than the current rate of inflation.

The union has also warned that the strike is likely to impact other UK airports over the coming days. Swissport workers at Stansted and Manchester are preparing to vote on whether to walk out over the holiday weekend, and workers at Birmingham and Newcastle airports are expected to vote during the coming week.

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