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UK airports staff Christmas strike suspended

22 Dec 2014 by GrahamSmith

A two-day strike by check-in staff and cargo handlers at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports has been called off.

Workers at the three airports last week backed industrial action, to take place on December 23 and 24, at the peak of the Christmas getaway, in a ballot by 83 per cent (see news, December 18).

The dispute was over a "divisive" pay offer from ground handling company Dnata, which would see supervisors get 4.5 per cent rise, double the 2.25 per cent for other staff.

However, the workers will now be balloted on revised pay proposals following talks between Dnata and the Unite union.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: "Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company."

A statement from Dnata said: "Unite has accepted Dnata's offer of an increase in salary of 2.25 per cent, and a one-time payment of £175 for all employees.

"Unite agreed to the new salary award following Dnata's incorporation of additional compensation for all elements of shift pay, London weighting allowance, and LGV supplement for all eligible Dnata employees. Salary increases will be backdated to July 1, 2014.

"Unite has confirmed the suspension of any industrial action until their members have voted on the salary award."

heathrowairport.com, gatwickairport.com, manchesterairport.co.uk

Graham Smith

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