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BAA, Unite talk to prevent strike
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 08:07:37 GMT
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The upcoming talks between officials of the Unite union and the British Airports Authority (BAA) brokered by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) is deemed the last chance to prevent looming airports strikes.

The meeting scheduled for later on Monday is an attempt to persuade the union to call off a ground staff strike at six major British airports later this month which could seriously disrupt the holiday season.

Security staff, firefighters and engineers at Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports have voted three to one to take industrial action over a pay deal.

On Sunday Tony Woodley, joint leader of Unite, said BAA needs 'a little bit of sense' to review its 'measly' 1.5% pay rise offer.

"The last thing genuinely we want to do is to have a disruption on our hands," he assured the public.

This is while BAA is citing a slow season due to the impacts of recession and volcanic ash this year to justify the pay offer.

As the negotiations take place, Unite members will separately examine the strike options with suggestions being made that Unite will plan a walkout for August Bank Holiday weekend - beginning on August 28 -- to make BAA feel the pain.

The strike which will include more than 6,000 crucial staff at the six airports would lead to their closure.

AMR/HE

Sources:

Bloomberg: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9HK2D4O0.htm

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10982663

Morning Star: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/94059
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