Summer strike threat to airports across the UK
Because the union Unite haven't screwed with the travel plans of quite enough plane passengers recently, they're about to have another crack this Thursday. While still holding British Airways over a barrel in a dispute that stretches back to the late 17th century, the union is now threatening industrial action at six airports across the country.
The results of a ballot of more than 6,000 union members will be published on Thursday, but this time of the members are ground staff at Heathrow, Stansted, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Southampton and Glasgow airports. As always, the ballot concerns pay, and as always, at a time when the travel industry has been hurt by not only the recession but Icelandic voclanoes, keeping a job should perhaps be reward enough.
Regardless, the union has promised to take swift action should they receive the votes they need, which would invariably cause untold misery for thousands of families during the summer holidays - the six airports handle a combined total of 300,000 passengers a day.