Urgent talks to prevent strike action by baggage handlers and check-in staff at some of the UK’s busiest airports are to take place tomorrow.
Swissport workers based at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester airports voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Unite the union said that 94% of workers balloted voted in favour of the action.
“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.”