Christmas passengers face major disruption at Birmingham International Airport after marathon talks aimed at ending a union dispute broke down last night.
The failure of negotiations with Amicus, chaired by arbitrator ACAS, means eight 12- hour strikes grounding all planes will still go ahead, including on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.
Last night, BIA revealed details of the discussions, claiming Amicus refused non-binding arbitration and demanded a £100,000 pay-off for two sacked security workers, whose dismissal sparked the industrial action. BIA offered a smaller amount but this was rejected by the union.
The airport also said it was prepared to make concessions over the implementation of procedures and staff surveillance.
BIA managing director Richard Heard said: "This dispute has and will impact on everyone at the airport for some time."
In a statement, Amicus accused BIA of being " intransigent negotiators".
Meanwhile, Midland paramedics and ambulance technicians began voting today over whether to go on strike over a pay dispute.
The result of the ballot is expected on December 16 and Ray Salmon, regional organiser for Unison, warned the first day of industrial action could be Christmas Eve.