BAA strike averted

The threatened strike by BAA workers has been called off as Unite, the union representing the airport workers, has recommended a new deal is accepted.
Security staff, engineers, fire-fighters and support staff at BAA’s six airports of London Heathrow, London Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh had threatened to walk out in a dispute over pay and conditions.
A new pay deal of 2% plus an award for performance has led to Unite’s officers, Brian Boyd and Brendan Gold, recommending the deal to its members. “This offer is double what BAA had originally offered with no strings attached, plus it comes with a guaranteed lump sum of £500. The negotiations where tough, but Unite has delivered a fair offer for BAA staff,” they said. “The game is up for employers in the aviation industry. With the recession receding in the industry, Unite now expects BAA’s pay offer to set the standard.”
In a statement, BAA said “Following discussions at the conciliation service ACAS, trade unions have agreed to recommend to members BAA’s revised offer. We believe this is a fair offer for staff in what remains a difficult economic environment for the aviation industry.