UK - Airport workers are set to decide if they will strike over pension concerns, in a move which could throw Christmas travel into chaos.
Brendan Gold, national officer at Unite, said around 5,500 BAA workers would vote on industrial action to protest the company’s plan to close its final salary pension scheme from 1 December.
If workers vote in favour of a strike, they could stage their first day of action on 27 December.
Gold said the pension scheme was not under financial pressure and its final salary pension scheme should remain open.
He said existing members were also concerned about their security of their benefits, despite assurances from BAA.
In a statement, BAA said: “BAA has given clear and unequivocal assurances that existing employees will not be affected by the end of the final salary pension scheme and that its replacement for new employees will be of the highest quality.
“During the past few weeks we have offered to give more detailed assurances to union representatives. We believe the way to resolve this is through negotiation.”
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