Strike Threat Lifts for BAA Airports
A new pay offer from BAA has put the strikes planned for 6 UK airports later this month on hold. Members of the Unite union last week voted to go on strike over a proposed pay increase of up to 1.5%, following last year’s pay freeze. However, after negotiations held late into last night an agreement has been reached and the new offer will be put to a ballot, with the results set to be known within the next 3 weeks.
The proposed strike had threatened to close down airports including Heathrow, Stansted and Edinburgh over the bank holiday weekend after fire crew and other ground staff voted to reject the initial pay offer from BAA. Although no details of the new deal have been released yet, the Unite union is confident that any further strikes can be avoided and it urged it’s members to accept the new terms.