Settlement reached over summer airport strikes

17 August 2010

Bitterwallet - airport strikes avertedAssuming worker's union Unite doesn't attempt to ground British Airways in the next fortnight, then there's every chance your summer holiday can progress without incident.

The threat of possible Bank Holiday strike action has lifted from six UK airports, after BAA and the union reached a 'basis for settlement'. The six airports - Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen - would have closed for several days if industrial action had gone ahead, because those members of staff striking would have included engineers and firefighters, considered critical to airport operations.

Airport operator BAA said of the eleventh hour talks: "It's a deal that is a fair reward for our staff, but it's also a deal that the company can afford."

The threat isn't completely clear yet - union members will be balloted on the new offer, with the result likely to be announced in three weeks, although since Unite is said to be recommending the offer, it's likely to be accepted. Now get on the plane before they change their mind.

TOPICS:   Travel

2 comments

  • BA B.
    I ain't gettin on no plane, crazy fool!
  • DavtT
    Bugger - was going to ensure that I got stranded abroad so BA would pay for my hotel and food during the strike.

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