• From The BBC:

    A union has been accused of trying to wreck thousands of people’s holidays after baggage handlers backed strikes at some of the UK’s biggest airports.Swissport workers at Stansted, Gatwick and Manchester, who are members of the Unite union, are in a dispute over pay. Swissport chief Mark Faulkner said the threats were a “cynical attempt to ruin the holiday plans of airport users”. The unions expected a 2.75% wage rise to be paid in April and have accused Swissport of reneging on the deal. Mr Faulkner said: “At this time of year more than 100,000 passengers travel through Gatwick each day, with a large proportion of them handled by Swissport. “We have reminded our staff that many of these passengers are themselves union members. ‘Militant behaviour'”Swissport cannot respond to this type of militant behaviour and believe that the actions of the union are not in the interests of their members.” Unite said it was seeking an urgent meeting with Swissport management in an attempt to settle t…

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