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'Travel chaos' as airport workers vote to strike

04 April 2008 16:28

'Travel chaos' as airport workers vote to strike

Travellers are being urged to make sure they make the most of the travel period up until early January, after strikes at several BAA airports were announced today.

The Unite union has called 24-hour strikes beginning at 06:00 GMT on January 7th and 14th, followed by a 48-hour strike starting at 06:00 GMT on January 17th.

The strikes will affect seven UK airports, including London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Southampton.

Employees at the BAA sites voted to take part in the strike action in a row over plans to change pension rights.

"We continue to believe that industrial action is unnecessary, as none of our existing employees will be affected by the changes to our pension arrangements," a BAA spokesman said.

"However, we do recognise that there are important concerns and these will continue to be addressed through discussions with the unions and staff."

Anyone heading away in the interim period is urged to make sure they have adequate travel insurance to cover them on their travels, should anything go wrong.