BAA and Unite reach agreement to stop airport strike

| August 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Travellers can breathe a sigh of relief this morning after it has been announced that airports operator BAA and the Unite union have reached an agreement which will see the threat of strike action called off.

A day of talks yesterday between the two parties at the central London offices of the conciliation service ACAS have been successful after they agreed a “basis for settlement”.

The threat of strike action, which arose after a dispute over pay, would have seen six UK airports shut down over the crucial bank holiday period as crucial staff including fire-fighters, security staff and ground staff at airports, would have taken part.

BAA, which is majority owned by Spain’s Ferrovial, owns six airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Southampton.

Commenting after the talks, Brendan Gold of Unite said: “We’ve reached a settlement we’re prepared to recommend to our members.”

Meanwhile, BAA director Terry Morgan added that both parties had come out with a deal they were happy with, but no details of the new offer have been published.

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