Gatwick strikes confirmed
Mon, 18 Aug, 2008
London Gatwick baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by Swissport have voted to take strike action on August 25th and 29th.
The strike will affect passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic, Monarch, Thomson Fly, First Choice, North West, Air Malta, Air Transat and Oman Air, as well as some smaller airlines.
Workers will also be balloted at Birmingham and Newcastle airports.
Airport bosses are worried that the dispute over pay and conditions is likely to spread to other UK airports in the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for airport operator BAA said Gatwick is "working closely" with the handling agent and the airlines to minimise the potential impact on passengers.
Swissport have offered a three per cent pay increase backdated to July rather than the anniversary date of April 1st.
In related news, around 1,000 Tube workers are to walk out on August 20th and September 3rd in a dispute over pay and conditions.