Union bosses have warned of a “looming summer chaos” if staff at Birmingham airport vote to go on strike.

About 100 security officers and terminal technicians employed by Birmingham aAirport, as well as aircraft refuellers employed by Menzies, are being balloted for strike action in a dispute over pay.

“Three quarters of the Birmingham airport workers being balloted are security officers working unsociable shift patterns for as little as £11.50 an hour,” said the union.

“The workers say that without a significant pay rise, recruitment and retention issues at the airport will worsen. This will further the delays the airport is well known for.”

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It said the workers received a pay rise 2.8% last year, when the Retail Price Rate (RPI) rate of inflation was 13.8%.

This year, they have been offered 7.75% and a one-off £850 payment.

“However, this is a further real terms pay cut as RPI inflation is still running high at 11.4%,” said the statement from Unite.

“The offer would leave many workers unable to pay their bills as well as causing more staffing shortages.”

The Menzies workers, who drive and operate tankers and refuel more than three quarters of planes at the airport, have rejected a 9% pay offer, following a 6% rise last year.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Both Birmingham airport and Menzies can afford to give their workers a fair pay rise and that is exactly what needs to happen.

“Unite workers at Birmingham Airport are fed up with pay cuts, especially when they know both companies have combined profits of more than £80 million.”

Strikes could begin as early as July and could lead to “significant” delays and cancelled flights, warned the union.

Unite regional officer Sulinder Singh added: “Strike action would cause a summer shutdown at Birmingham airport but this would be entirely the fault of the airport’s leadership and Menzies.

“Many of the workers at the airport are really struggling to make ends meet.”

The ballot for strike action for Birmingham airport security guards and terminal technicians closes on June 29. The ballot of Menzies workers closes on July 3.

A spokesperson for Birmingham airport said: “We note the union’s decision to ballot for strike action – despite our current pay offer being well above the current UK average.

“A substantial majority of our workforce has already had a significant pay rise having accepted the company’s offer.

“We will continue to discuss with this union ways to find an acceptable outcome.

“In the event strike action does take place, we are confident the impact will be limited, and we do not anticipate any cancellations.

“Our advice to customers remains to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight departure time, and in line with their airline’s advice.”

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Tokyo Transport Guide

Tokyo has developed a dense network of metro, train and bus lines that serve the Greater Tokyo area. As Tokyo is a very busy city, the public transport is the best way to get around the city. With the multilingual signage and instructions, the public transport is very accessible for tourists.

The rail network dominates the public transport in Greater Tokyo. There are several companies which operate the most extensive rail network in the world. The 13 metro lines cover central Tokyo, especially the area inside the Yamanote circle, around Ginza and east of the loop line. The busiest stations are Shinjuku Station, Ikebukuro Station and Shibuya Station.

JR East is the largest railway company in the world. It provides most of the railway traffic in Tokyo, as well as, to other destinations in Japan. There are several other companies that provide commuter train service to the nearby area. The Shinkansen (Bullet Train) is fast train service that connects the major cities in Japan. The travel time from Osaka/Kyoto to Tokyo is about three hours.

The bus network is not heavily used in the city centre. It's more convenient for places outside the central area. They are not as frequent as the trains, but they are a good alternative if you want to avoid the crowds.

Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) is the main one serving Greater Tokyo. It is located on the border between Narita and Shibayama, around 60 km from Tokyo. There are regular train, bus, taxi and private airport transfer services to Tokyo and the surrounding area.

Narita Airport is served by express and commuter trains. Narita Express is connected to Tokyo Station via the Narita and Sobu lines. The suburban JR rapid service train follows the same route to Tokyo Station with several intermediate stops which makes the travel time longer. Keisei provides train services to central Tokyo and the suburbs, as well.

Regular bus services run from Tokyo Narita Airport to the Tokyo City Air Terminal, major hotels and railway stations in the Greater Tokyo Area. Buses are generally slower than trains because of the traffic conditions. An overnight bus service to Kyoto and Osaka is available, as well.

The airport taxi service in Tokyo is fast and reliable. They charge by the meter and additional charges may apply for night rides.

To stay away from the crowds, it's best to book a private Tokyo Narita airport transfer with us. Our premium service includes a door-to-door airport transfer in comfortable and luxury vehicles at fixed cost. The English-speaking driver will meet you at the arrivals gate and take you directly to your hotel, and we hope you enjoy the airport transfer from Tokyo Narita Airport to Tokyo city centre.

Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) is the second one that serves Greater Tokyo. It is located closer to the city centre, around 14 km. There are regular train and bus lines that run to Tokyo. The latest prices for a private airport taxi from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Tokyo city centre are on the link.

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