Airport staff to take strike action
Fri, 21 Dec, 2007
Seven UK airports face the prospect of major disruption because of strike action next month, it emerged today.
An ongoing dispute between airport operator BAA and key workers - including security and maintenance staff and firefighters - about a proposal to change pension rights resulted in the trade union Unite holding a strike ballot.
The result showed a clear majority in favour of industrial action and strikes have been scheduled for January 7th, 14th, 17th and 18th.
BAA hopes to resume negotiations about the issue in a bid to prevent the strikes going ahead, as it is unlikely the affected airports could remain operational during the action.
The seven UK sites owned by BAA include both London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport.
Unite announced on Thursday that Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew had voted in favour of organising two 48-hour strikes next month in protest at the airline's latest pay offer.