BAA airport workers vote to strike

Britain’s air travellers are set to suffer more strike misery as BAA workers have voted to undertake strike action in a dispute over a “derisory” 1% pay offer.

Stansted is one of BAA’s airport set to suffer strike action if a pay dispute with workers is unresolved. BAA image

Security staff, engineers, fire-fighters and support staff at BAA’s six airports of London Heathrow, London Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh are set to walk out, says the union Unite. “Last year BAA’s employees accepted a pay freeze to help the company because they understood the difficult financial operating environment within civil aviation,” said Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brian Boyd. “A pay offer of 1% plus the withdrawal of two payments worth over £1,000 is simply confrontational. BAA has constantly ignored the contribution its employees make to the ongoing success of the business.”
BAA’s current offer is 1% increase on basic earnings plus an additional 0.5% conditional on changes to its sickness agreement. Unite will be meeting with key representatives on Monday to decide what form of industrial action will be taken.
A BAA spokesperson said “We regret the uncertainty this vote has already caused our passengers and airline customers. We hope that the union will engage with us quickly to conclude an agreement. Fewer than half of those people eligible to vote have done so and we do not believe this result provides a clear mandate for strike action.”