Airport STRIKE: Christmas misery as 1,500 staff across UK airports vote for walk-out


Globe-trotters at airports across the UK will be hit by two days of strikes as workers at Swissport, the clique’s largest ground and cargo handler, go on strike for two days on 23 and 24 December.

Assorted than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo body at 18 airports will strike for 48 hours just in preference to Christmas in a long-running y dispute.

Members of Unite employed by Swissport on walk out on December 23 and 24 at Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Leeds/Bradford, Luton, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Stansted.

Merge national officer Oliver Richardson said: “We appreciate that this is a definitely busy time of year at the UK’s airports and that’s why we are calling for the com ny to hire in constructive talks under the auspices of Acas to resolve this wrangle.

“Unite’s door is open 24/7 for such talks.

“Our members are merely taking this industrial action as a last resort in a bid to reach a comely settlement – our members have not had a y rise since 2014.

“When you break down the headline people – one per cent in 2015, 1.25 per cent in 2016 and 2.4 per cent in 2017 – they are only keeping up with inflation.

“The com ny only wants these lengthens to be applicable to basic y and not the other elements that make up ‘ y’ such as overtime.

“The conflict has been compounded by the high-handed attitude of the management in making proposals that would soberly im ct the workforce’s terms and conditions, such as freezing overtime yments.”

Wed members voted by 62.5 per cent to reject a 4.65 per cent three year y transaction for 2015-2017, which the union argues, is barely keeping judge with inflation.

The staff are also angry that detrimental interchanges to terms and conditions have been linked to the y deal.

The changes encom ss freezing overtime yments for the foreseeable future and restructuring y.

The move comes after Virgin Atlantic leads also voted to take industrial action over the Christmas aeon.

Virgin Atlantic pilots have voted to take industrial clash short of a strike in a row over union recognition, and will work “strictly to shrink” from December 23, the PPU union said.

A representative for the Professional Cicerones’ Union told “We don’t know how it will affect flights, is the unrestrained answer.”

A statement issued read: “We value our pilots enormously and we are defeated with the result of the ballot to take Action Short of a Strike, which essentially closes ‘work to rule’.”

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