Published on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Strike threat for Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted

Urgent talks are to take place tomorrow to try to stop strike action by baggage handlers and check-in staff at Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester and Stansted airports.

Workers from the ground handling company Swissport based at the four airports have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.

According to Unite the union, 94% of workers balloted voted in favour of a walk-out.

"In the light of this overwhelming mandate for action Swissport has requested talks which we are happy to attend so we can try to resolve this matter," said Unite national officer Oliver Richardson.

"The dispute centres on the company's decision to freeze workers pay for 18 months, from April 2012 through to October 2013, followed by a below inflation increase of just 2.5%.

"Our members are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living and Unite believes Swissport is failing to recognise the contribution its staff are making to the success of the company.

"We hope that over the coming days we will be able to thrash out a deal with the company but this will depend on whether the company is prepared to move on from its current position on pay."

Swissport's clients include;
* Stansted airport: Ryanair, Thomas Cook and Thomson
* Manchester airport: Monarch, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Virgin Emirates
* Gatwick airport: Monarch, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Virgin and British Airways
* Heathrow aiport: Virgin

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  • Go swims sport

    I wish Swissport all the best for their industrial action... For far to long Swissport and many other Airline & travel industry personnel have been the target of cutbacks and going without just so the Travelling community can fly for next to nothing !! Blame this tax fixated government for the rising costs of your airline ticket !! They and their families have to survive as well . As I mentioned at the start of this response I WISH THE SWISSPORT EMPLOYEES all the success that their Strike action brings !! It's the only way you will get the Wolves to back off !!!

    By richard still, Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • Pay Increase? What's that?

    Who hasn't had a pay freeze over the past 5 years? And you'd be thankful for a 2.5% increase at the end of a freeze! Other companies/sectors have to put up with this, why can't these?

    By Paul Hayes, Tuesday, October 15, 2013

  • showing the worst way of the U.K.

    London is full of tourists, and WTM (04-07 Nov) brings Travel Companies from all over the world, They come for business, but also shop and dine, which help the economy, a strike will show the worst of this country.

    By Ziva Werber, Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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