BAA workers ballot for strike action
July 16th, 2010 by elisa

Unite the Union are balloting workers at six UK airports for strike action in a dispute over pay.

Unite is to ballot more than 6,000 members based at BAA airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. It has accused BAA of offering a “paltry” pay offer for 2010 after a pay freeze in 2009.

BAA issued a statement today saying: “We are disappointed that Unite is to ballot members across its UK airports for strike action.

“During recent discussions with Unite, we proposed a conditional 1.5% pay increase. We believe this to be a reasonable offer at a time when BAA and its airline customers are seeing a decline in passengers due to the impacts of recession and volcanic ash.

“We regret Unite’s decision, which will cause unnecessary concern for millions of our passengers and damage Britain’s reputation around the world.”

The strike ballot will open next Friday,23rd  July, and will close on 12th August 2010 and will include security staff, engineers, firefighters and support staff.

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