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Misery for holiday goers as airport workers announce potential strike

FAMILIES looking to escape for some half-term sun could be facing disappointment after Birmingham Airport workers announced a possible strike during the holidays.

FAMILIES looking to escape for some half-term sun could be facing disappointment after Birmingham Airport workers announced a possible strike during the holidays.

The ballot for industrial action was announced this week after union bosses condemned the airport’s two-and-a-half per cent wage increase – the first since 2009 – as ‘paltry.’

Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: “Employees have had no pay increase since early 2009, had radical changes to their terms and conditions, radical changes to their pensions, and proposals to change their shift patterns. Our members are saying enough is enough. We have been patient but they are not willing to move.”

An airport spokesman said they were disappointed the offer had been rejected in the long-running dispute but were ‘confident’ disruption will be avoided. Airport employees across the board voted by 76.5 per cent to reject the final offer of two-and-a-half per cent, plus a one-off consolidated payment of £150. The ballot for action is to be held later this month.

 

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