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Manchester Airport, Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport And Stansted Airport Face Strike Action

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Holidaymakers travelling from Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport and Manchester Airport could be facing long delays after a ballot of Swissport staff voted in favour of strike action.

Unite union who represent 1,000 workers at Swissport have said that 94% of their members support strike action over a decision to freeze workers pay.

Swissport who provide baggage handling services for Ryanair, Thomson, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Virgin Atlantic, Emirates and Ryanair have said they hope to stop the oncoming strike action with more talks with Unite.

The action is over Swissport decision to freeze workers pay from April 2012 to October 2013 and to offer the staff a wage increase of 2.5 per cent which is below inflation.

Unite Union have said with the high cost of living which includes high petrol bills and high household bills, their members are struggling.

The Union have said they hope to have successful talks with the management of Swissport to come up with a deal that will be satisfactory to both sides, however, the union have said if the company are not prepared to come up with a realistic deal then strike action could happen.

If strike action does take place then this will cause long delays for passengers from airports in the UK which includes Manchester Airport and Gatwick Airport.

By Diane Walker

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