Stansted Airport: BAA workers vote in favour of strike action

STANSTED AIRPORT could be facing a total shutdown later this month after vital workers agreed to walk out over pay conditions.

The BAA-owned airport is facing closure at the busiest time of the year with passengers aiming to jet away for the summer holidays.

After a 6000-strong ballot was carried out across all six UK BAA airports, staff, including firefighters, security officers, and support staff, voted in favour of three to one to strike because their pay increase was not large enough.

Representing union Unite described BAA’s 1 per cent pay increase as “paltry” and urged the company to increase it further. BAA responded by saying it was a “reasonable offer” during a time of recession.

Workers can now walk out after a seven-day notice period. A likely date could be around the end of the August/September summer holidays.

BAA also owns most of the major airports in the south of England, including Heathrow, and also Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.

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