Birmingham Airport strike threat by union over pay

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A union representing workers at Birmingham Airport has said it is "making preparations for a strike ballot" in a pay dispute.

Unite described as "paltry" an offer of a 2.5% pay increase and a one-off payment of £150.

An airport spokesperson said it was "very disappointed" the union was not supporting the pay increase on offer.

The company said it was confident there would be "no disruption to normal operations" if the strike went ahead.

Chief executive Paul Kehoe claimed that workers in Birmingham already had one of the highest rates of pay of any airport in the UK.

Unite said pay had been frozen since February 2009 and that the pension scheme and workers' terms and conditions had been changed.

The union said workers could be balloted within the next few weeks over a strike in October.

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