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nitefliteonly
10th Dec 2002, 16:20
Airport workers reject pay offer

The largest union at seven UK airports has rejected a pay offer, leaving uncertainty surrounding flights over Christmas.

The Transport and General Workers Union says its members have voted by 1,772 to 846 against an improved offer, while members of the Amicus union voted by 363 to 259 to accept the deal.

The union members work mainly as firefighters and security guards at the airports and have been involved in a long-running row over pay.

The strikes could affect Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

Bill Morris, general secretary of the TGWU, has been meeting officials from the British Airports Authority to try to avert the strikes.

He said: "The vote to reject the offer reflects the determination of our members to secure just reward for the added responsibilities they have had since September 11."

Mr Morris says the company has responded to his request for an immediate resumption of talks, but he added: "Should these talks prove to be unsuccessful, the statutory seven days' notice will be given for industrial action."

The two-year offer on which workers have been voting includes a pay rise of at least 1.7%, plus a lump sum of 150 backdated to April, plus a further 150, followed by a rise of at least 3.5%.

The BAA says the offer is worth 7% over two years.

Bigears
11th Dec 2002, 09:11
From todays Herald (http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news_frame.html)

BAA said it hoped industrial action could be avoided. Mike Clasper, BAA deputy chief executive, said: "This was a reasonable offer to staff who are already well paid."

What would he have said if he'd wanted a strike? :eek:
While not knowing exactly how much BAA workers get paid, my impression is NOT that they are well paid.

ETOPS
11th Dec 2002, 13:04
Agreement reached after 10 hour meeting last night so all strikes cancelled. See BBC news for details.....