Christmas airport strike called off
Ground handling and cargo staff working for the company called dnata (a dreadful name for a company - it looks like someone slapped the keys on a computer, got dnata and thought, 'aye, that'll do') at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports had threatened a two-day strike from December 23rd unless their bosses agreed to sit down and talk about a pay dispute.
Unite have said that their members will now be balloted after a new pay offer was made, thereby averting an immediate downing of tools.
Kevin Hall, from Unite, said the offer "better reflects the contribution" members make to the company, adding that: "We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks."
A spokesman for dnata said: "During dnata's recent discussions with Unite and ACAS, the two parties have come to an agreement on the salary award for dnata's Unite members. Unite has accepted dnata's offer of an increase in salary of 2.25%, 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 1 July 2014. Unite has confirmed the suspension of any industrial action until their members have voted on the salary award."
So there you go. If you're going on holiday for Christmas, the only thing holding you up will be general incompetence rather than strike action. Bon voyage and all that.