ANY holiday seekers from Bolton who are flying from Liverpool Airport this bank holiday have been warned about a proposed GMB members strike scheduled for that weekend.

The 36-hour strike will begin 7pm on Thursday August 23 and carry on until 7am Saturday August 25.

This will be followed by a further 12 hour strike beginning at 7am on Monday September 3.

A total of 80 workers from aviation rescue and firefighting services, the control room, engineering and driver operations and airport bird control will walk out during the bank holiday weekend after workers were offered what was considered a below inflation pay increase of 2%.

Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said: “Liverpool Airport Ltd has failed to meet the aspirations of the GMB members, who have rejected the company’s proposed below inflation pay offer of 2%.

"We have informed the company strike action will not be suspended unless a 3.6% increase is offered."

Further strike dates are expected follow.

GMB members overwhelmingly voted for strike action – their first this century – after management offered a below inflation pay increase of 2%. This would mean a real terms pay cut for GMB members.

If you are flying from Liverpool on these dates or are thinking about doing so we advise you take these strikes into consideration when planning your trip.

In response, In recent months, a Liverpool John Lennon Airport spokesman said: "Management at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have been in talks with Airport Company employees who are members of the GMB Union regarding the 2018/19 pay award.

"The Airport Company put forward a pay proposal of a 2% pay increase, back dated to 1st April, plus a £150 one off payment. However, out of 60 GMB Union members who voted, 36 chose to reject the Company’s latest pay offer and have voted for strike action.

"The GMB have subsequently informed the Airport that their members will commence an indefinite overtime ban from 23rd August onwards, plus strike action to commence at 19:00 on Thursday 23rd August lasting 36 hours until 07:00 on Saturday 25th August with further action commencing at 07:00 on Monday 03rd September for 12 hours until 19:00 that same day. This action will involve employees working at the Airport in the Fire Service, Airfield Operations, Airport Operations Control and Car Parks.

"The Airport Company is very disappointed with the result of this ballot and firmly believes that its pay proposal compares favourably with pay increases seen by many other private and public sector organisations.

"All Airport employees receive an excellent package of terms and conditions of employment including health care, sickness benefits and a generous pension scheme.

"Talks between the Airport and the GMB to resolve this pay dispute will continue, however plans are in place that will ensure there is no impact on the passenger experience and that it remains business as usual during this time."