Airport workers to strike on Christmas Eve over wages

Staff have been waiting for a pay rise since 2014

 

More than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at 18 airports will strike for 48 hours on Christmas eve after having received no pay rise since 2014.

Unite members employed by Swissport will 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.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said:

“We appreciate that this is a very busy time of year at the UK’s airports and that’s why we are calling for the company to engage in constructive talks under the auspices of Acas to resolve this dispute. Unite’s door is open 24/7 for such talks.

Our members are only taking this industrial action as a last resort in a bid to reach a fair settlement – our members have not had a pay rise since 2014.”

Unite members voted by 62.5 per cent to reject a 4.65 per cent three year pay deal for 2015 to 2017, which the union said barely kept pace with inflation. Staff are also protesting frozen overtime pay.

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