BAA strike threat averted

17 Aug 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The threat of strike action at BAA’s airports has receded after the Unite union said it had received a “much improved” pay offer which will be recommended for acceptance by its members.

BAA staff voted in favour of industrial action earlier last week, over a dispute surrounding a one per cent pay offer. If the strike had gone ahead it would have affected flights at some of the UK’s largest airports including Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

But following the new pay offer Unite said it has called off the threat of strike action, and would recommend its members to accept the “much improved” deal.

BAA released a statement saying it was “pleased that the basis of an agreement has been reached on pay, that is fair to staff but which also reflects the difficult economic climate.

“Our priority is to work with our people to improve the service we provide passengers and airlines, and we look forward to doing that in the busy weeks ahead.”

More details on the new offer are due to be released later today.

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