Newcastle Airport workers vote on new pay deal

Workers
at Newcastle Airport are set to vote on a new pay deal ahead of a planned
48-hour strike on Monday, according to reports.

The
Newcastle Evening Chronicle claims that union leaders are recommending staff
accept the offer, following extensive talks between the Transport and General
Workers Union and the employer, Groundstar.

Around
150 union members voted overwhelming for industrial action at Newcastle Airport
after rejecting a 3 per cent pay increase, although details of the new deal
have not been revealed.

The
dispute began after staff at the airport demanded wages more in line with other
airports and complained about staffing levels and rostering.

Groundstar
is responsible for baggage handling, check-in and flight despatch for several
major airlines at the North East airport.

By Ross Wigham

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