British aviation could face another strike this month

Hotel News - 12/08/2010

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More than 6,000 employees of British Airport Authority (BAA) are being balloted on possible strike action at six UK airports. The result of the vote is due to be announced this afternoon. If the Unite union members do decide on going ahead with industrial action, the strikes could be held soon enough to disrupt the August Bank Holiday.

Travel misery is set to return for European aviation this month if a quick resolution is not found to the latest employment disagreement to hit UK air travel. BAA offered to boost remuneration by one per cent, which BAA says is ‘reasonable’. The Unite union describes the offer as ‘paltry’ and is balloting 6,185 union members on whether they want to strike over the issue.

BAA says any industrial action by these staff would force the closure of six UK airports on strike days. BAA staff being balloted include engineers, security guards and fire fighters. Their work is considered essential for the safe operation of an airport. If union members do vote for industrial action, strike days are likely to see closures of airports at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Southampton, Stansted and Heathrow.

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