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Cabin crew strike plan could ground aircraft

POSSIBLE strike action threatens to disrupt holiday-makers who are flying from Birmingham Airport this summer.

POSSIBLE strike action threatens to disrupt holiday-makers who are flying from Birmingham Airport this summer.

Over 600 cabin crew from Monarch Airlines are to be balloted by trade unions in July, following a dispute over pay.

Other airports which could be hit by industrial action are Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Luton and Dublin.

Unite’s national officer for aviation, Brian Boyd, said: “Monarch faces the prospect of a crippling strike at the height of the holiday season.”

The union wants the airline to pay a lump sum to its members instead of giving them a pay rise, which it said it was prepared to defer until next year.

It also wants Monarch to pay cabin crew an extra allowance while they are in the air, similar to one paid currently to pilots.

An airline spokesman said: “Given the prevailing economic situation, pay increases and additional benefits are unachievable at the present time.”

 

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