The Unite union is threatening to bring aviation to Scotland to a halt after rejecting a 1% pay rise. Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen will be among six UK airports which will be forced to close entirely by the planned strike, leading to the cancellation of 2500 flights a day.
Leaders from the giant Unite union will wait until Monday before deciding what form the action will take and when it begins but the expectation is that the union could target the holiday weekend starting on 27 August in a bid to strengthen their negotiating hand with employers the British Airports Authority (BAA).
Along with the three main Scottish airports, Heathrow, Stanstead and Southampton would also be shut during the strike, although Scotland would be the worst affected in the whole of the UK with only Prestwick, Inverness and other minor airports open. Holiday plans for thousands of Scottish travellers hoping to travel south or abroad that weekend are also threatened.
The union insists they have been left with no option but to strike, accusing BAA of a 'confrontational' approach to negotiations.
I don't know about you, but I'm weary of hearing about strikes at airports. Of course people should be paid a fair wage, but shouldn't unions like Unite be protesting against the behaviour of the banks, some of which belong to us, rather than considering destroying the travel of those who are suffering the consequences of their very left-wing policies. Unite, just to remind you, is the Union in dispute with BA.
Since Unite began their strategy of fear with their BA strikes, I know many people have decided to travel using other forms of transport or not to travel at all. I'm one of them and I intend to holiday in my own country without the requirement of airlines.
It's common knowledge air passengers have reduced radically in the past couple of years. Without customers Unite wouldn't have a case and the airlines wouldn't fly. What then for Unite airline staff?