Unite threatens strike action at BAA

16th Jul 2010
Unite threatens strike action at BAA

With the threat of strike action at British Airways seemingly receding, Unite has confirmed it is to open a new front against the perceived injustices in aviation industry with a strike ballot at airport operator BAA.

Following months of negotiations the trade union argues it has been left with no choice but to ballot members of prospective industrial action in a dispute over pay.

BAA has offered staff a one per cent pay rise, with an additional half per cent increase following changes to sick pay.

BAA staff accepted a pay freeze in 2009.

However, the disagreement centres on a dispute over a bonus payment to staff.

During the previous round of pay negotiations, BAA agreed to pay staff a bonus if it met its £1.2 billion EBITDA target.

The airport operator – which runs London Heathrow airport and a number of other properties in the UK – therefore declined to pay the bonus.

Unite argues the bonus should be paid, as BAA fell only three per cent short of the target.

“BAA staff have already accepted a pay freeze in 2009 to help the company, but they are not prepared to accept such a paltry offer this year,” said Unite’s national officer for civil aviation, Brendan Gold.

“We will therefore go into this ballot with strong resolve and a determination to demonstrate to BAA that its staff deserve better treatment than they are currently getting.”

The union will now ballot 6,185 staff - including security staff, engineers, and fire-fighters - at BAA airports including.

The strike ballot will open on Friday July 23rd and will close on August 12th.

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