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British airport staff vote for New Year strike

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Air travellers planning to use Britain’s busiest airports are facing massive disruption in the new year, after workers voted to strike over pension rights.

5 000 staff working for the British Airports Authority are furious that the company is blocking new employees from a scheme which would give them a pension linked to their final salary.

Brandon Gold from the Unite union said:
“As I say, there was no consultation with the Trade Union movement before that decision, no consultation about the impact, no doubt in my own mind as well that we are talking here about a financially sound pension scheme whose deficit is running at 29-million pounds against assets of 2.2-billion.”

The staff, including security, admin and maintenance workers voted for 24 hour stoppages on January 7th and 14th, and a 48 hour walkout on the 17th.

BAA hasn’t commented on the likely impact.