Angry airport workers look “almost certain” to ballot for disruptive industrial action after bosses continued to refuse to pay an agreed wage increase.
The Post revealed last month that Swissport had told its Birmingham workers that they “did not have the money” for the pay increases.
Check-in staff and baggage handlers, who are employed by Swissport at Birmingham Airport, are angry about a 2.75 per cent pay increase that has not been honoured.
The two-year deal was agreed last year and salaries should have increased from April 1.
The same deal was agreed with members across the country, who also work at London Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle.
Staff at Stansted and Manchester have already started the formal process for industrial action and a ballot is likely to be held in the next few weeks.
John Partridge, deputy regional secretary at Unite, said: “This has still not been resolved and it’s now looking almost certain that the legal process to ballot for industrial action will have to be started.
“I have spoken to our representative at the airport today and he said there seemed to be little alternative but to start the process of a ballot for industrial action.
“This two-year deal was agreed last year and should have started in April.
“We sent them a formal letter, which asked them to come up with the cash, but as far as I know they have not responded.
“We went out to the members to see if they would support the principal of industrial action and they said yes.”
A Swissport spokesman said: “A minimum increase of 2.75 per cent was agreed. However, in common with the rest of the world, the subsequent economic events were obviously not foreseen.
“We have invited the trade union to join with us in seeking ways both to increase revenue and productivity and reduce costs to fund these improvements.”