Bank holiday airport strikes looming - Newcastle,Birmingham,Gatwick,Heathrow,Manchester,Stansted Airport News

Airport news for Newcastle,Birmingham,Gatwick,Heathrow,Manchester,Stansted on 20/08/2009.

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Unite and GMB union members, including baggage handlers and check-in staff, are threatening to strike and the balloting results are expected shortly.

At this time last year, a deal was reached between management and the unions for a 2.75 per cent pay rise – which prevented a labour action then. Union bosses were hopeful that the operator of the airports would honour the deal, but it seems that will not be the case.

Swissport, the operator of the airports, have indicated that they will not be paying the increase unless their revenues rise or they are able to show savings in other parts of their operations.

A spokesperson for Swissport said: “The aviation business is severely affected by the current recession with substantial reductions in the number of flights and major airlines announcing cost cutting measures. Swissport has made every effort to minimise the impact of the current market conditions on its employees. Any industrial action will jeopardise such efforts and threaten future prosperity of the company and jobs.”

Swissport’s comments follow the threatened actions at numerous airports throughout the UK.

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