Sunday 16 October 2016


Flight chaos fears as Gatwick Airport workers threaten to strike over festive period

BRITS’ holiday plans could be plunged into Christmas chaos after Gatwick Airport safety workers threatened to strike over pensions.

Firefighters, maintenance workers, and security staff will vote after bosses said they will close their final salary pension scheme because of a £90million black hole.

Global Infrastructure Partners, which raked in a £142m profit last year, have allegedly refused to discuss with unions ways of the closing the gap.

A Gatwick security worker said: “They are trying to bulldoze it through even though they’ve just announced record profits.

“If there is no fire service it could shut down the whole airport.”

A Unite spokesman said: “They are rightly angry.

“Gatwick is hugely profitable, successful and growing.

“Closing the scheme is an unnecessary step designed to boost shareholder profits.”

A Gatwick spokesman said: “We fully appreciate pensions are a personal and sensitive topic and we are taking this forward in a collaborative manner.”

“The strike threat comes ahead of a controversial Government decision on whether to expand Heathrow or build a second runway at Gatwick.

“We will continue to engage, consult and collect the views of employees and encourage members of the defined benefits plan to use the consultation process to air views, understand the issues facing the scheme and ask questions.”

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