British airport workers cancel pension strikes

4th Jan 2008

Union workers at London Heathrow and six other British airports have called off three planned strikes scheduled for this month after reaching a deal with BAA, the British Airport Authority.“We welcome the announcement by trade unions…that an agreement has been reached and all proposed industrial action has been cancelled,” said a BAA spokesperson. “This is good news for our passengers and airline customers.”

BAA said industrial action would have affected 1.3 million passengers but unions dropped a strike planned for Monday and called off further walk-outs scheduled for 14th and 17th of January, after BAA softened on plans to change pension rates. 

The world’s largest airport operator, a unit of Madrid-based Grupo Ferrovial SA, has now withdrawn a decision to close their final-salary pension plan to new employees.

Brendan Gold, national officer for Unite told the Times newspaper: “We have now achieved agreement that there will be no interference with our members’ pension scheme without proper talks.


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