Friday, 19 December 2014

Pre-Xmas strike threat at UK airports

AIR travellers face the threat of pre-Christmas airport chaos if a two-day strike threatened by ground handlers goes ahead. 

Workers at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester airports backed strike action in a ballot by 83% in a row with ground handling company Dnata over pay.

The Unite union warned that more than 460 members based mainly at Heathrow would walk out for two days from Tuesday if the company refuses to negotiate.

The union called on Dnata to engage in talks via the conciliation service ACAS to resolve the dispute over a ‘divisive’ pay offer. The row centres on a pay offer which the union claims will see supervisors get 4.5% – double the 2.25% of other staff.

Unite represents around a quarter of the 1,900 Dnata staff who carry out check-in, ground crew, and cargo duties at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester airports.

Dnata’s main customers are Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Iran Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airways, New Zealand Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, US Airways, Eva Air, Qantas, and Oman Airways.

Strike action at Heathrow would affect Terminals 2, 3 and 4. The walkout would not hit Terminal 5, where British Airways is based.

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