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Strike threat for Monarch holiday-makers from Birmingham International Airport

SOLIHULL families flying from Birmingham Airport this summer could have their holiday plans hit by a threatened strike of airline workers.

SOLIHULL families flying from Birmingham Airport this summer could have their holiday plans hit by a threatened strike of airline workers.

More than 600 Monarch cabin crew staff are to be balloted in July by the civil aviation union, Unite, in a dispute over pay.

The dispute could see staff walk out at Birmingham and other sites, including 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 and its impact on the aviation industry, pay increases and additional benefits are unachievable at the present time.”

 

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