AIRPORT WORKERS are balloting for strike action that could hit Manchester, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Birmingham airports this summer. The 1,500 workers are employed by the airport services business Aviance which is owned by the transport group Go Ahead. The workers, members of the TGWU and GMB unions, process passengers and dispatch aircraft.
That includes baggage handlers, check-in staff and ground staff. They have rejected an offer of a 1.5 percent rise plus a £150 lump sum. Workers in both unions are balloting for action, and the result is due to be announced by the end of this month.
Workers employed by the British Airport Authorities (BAA) have also rejected a 1.7 percent pay offer and are planning action. These include security workers, passenger services, fire services and airport operations staff. They work in seven airports across Britain. BAA workers in the GMB union are due to start a ballot for strike action next week.