• From The BBC:

    Baggage handlers and check-in staff at three of the UK’s busiest airports are being balloted for industrial action.There are fears employees of Swissport, Rentokil Initial and ASIG at Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted could strike over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The Unite and GMB unions are accusing the company of reneging on an agreement to give workers a 2.75% pay rise. Swissport said it was “incurring heavy losses” during the recession and any strike action would threaten jobs. Unions had expected workers to receive their pay rise in April under a two-year deal struck this time last year, which prevented a walk out last August Bank Holiday. A spokesman for the GMB said the result of the ballot would be known on Friday. ‘Maximum disruption’The workers being balloted include more than 300 at Gatwick and about the same number at Manchester. A spokesman for Unite said that under the second year of the deal agreed in 2008, they were due a minimum 2.75% pay increase.
    “But Swissport a…

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