Press: Union calls off Stansted strike

23rd Aug 2006

Unions at Stansted airport have called off a proposed bank holiday weekend strike after accepting a pay offer, the BBC reported. Baggage handlers and check-in staff had threatened to walk out in a dispute with ground handling company Swissport, owned by Spain’s Grupo Ferrovial SA.

But after three days of talks, the Transport and General Workers’ Union (T&G) and GMB said they had agreed to an improved salary deal.

The BBC cited the GMB as saying Swissport had offered an 11 pct rise over two years, and it would recommend its members accept the offer.

It said the unions had suspended strikes pending a ballot of members.

The news will come as a relief to two of Stansted’s biggest customers—the no-frills carriers Ryanair Holdings PLC and easyJet PLC.




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