A NEW strike is planned for a British airport this summer – adding to the chaos that has already affected hundreds of thousands of passengers.
Employees at Glasgow Prestwick Airport have voted to go out after a wage dispute.
A full range of workers will be involved, including airport security, firefighters, airport operators, ground crews, ground handling, customer service workers and cleaners.
Trade unionists are on strike after rejecting a 6.5 per cent pay rise and asking for the Scottish “Real Living Wage” of £ 9.90 an hour instead.
But airport managers have said that less than 18 percent of workers voted for the strike, and claimed that most were satisfied with the wage offer.
There are no set dates for the strike, with hopes that the parties involved will resolve the dispute before any departures.
Glasgow Airport told Sun Online Travel that the strike will not take place until the end of August at the earliest.
They said: “No timeline has been set by the union so far. It must be at least six weeks from today.”
A spokesman for the airport told the Scottish Daily Express that they were disappointed with the decision to strike.
They said: “The majority of our workforce denies a wage agreement that will result in 70 percent of our 300 employees receiving a wage increase of 6.5 percent or more, improvements in benefits, increased annual leave, improved sick pay provisions, and up to two percent more employer’s pension contributions. “
The new strike in Glasgow comes in the middle of a summer of fighting in the travel industry, with Heathrow set for three days of strikes this week.
Fuel tankers have scheduled departure from tomorrow to Sunday to coincide with the start of the school summer vacation to cause maximum disruption.
Meanwhile, Ryanair employees in Spain are on strike.
Another strike wave is also planned Monday – Thursday next week, as part of an ongoing wage dispute.
The strikes will affect ten Spanish airports, including Madrid, Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante, Seville, Palma, Valencia, Girona, Santiago de Compostela and Ibiza.
EasyJet employees are also planning a strike next week, from July 29 to July 31.
The affected airports are Barcelona’s El Prat, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.
Chaos has been widespread at airports this summer, with Heathrow limiting the number of outgoing passengers due to staff shortages.
Gatwick has also had many flights canceled, as well as long delays.