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BAA talks with union leaders to avert a walkout

08-17-2010 08:43 BJT

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British airport operator BAA and the union representing its employees held talks on Monday in an attempt to avert a walkout. Ground staff, members of the Unite Union, voted last week in favor of striking at the six largest airports in Britain. BAA has said it will have to close the airports if the walkout goes ahead.

August is one of the busiest times for Britain's airports.Now six operated by Spanish-owned company BAA could face total closure, thanks to potential strike action.More than 6000 staff at airports including the busy Heathrow and Stanstead plan to walk over the job in a dispute over pay.On Monday talks were held between BAA and union leaders. Aviation analyst Chris Yates says the strike can be averted.

Chris Yates, aviation expert, said, "What we're talking about here is an offer to the work force of 1.5 percent or thereabouts, and the work force are looking for 2 to 2.5 percent so as you can see, the figures are not astounding and it's entirely possible we could see a positive resolution."

Union hold talks with BAA.
British airport operator BAA and the union representing its employees
held talks on Monday in an attempt to avert a walkout.

The British aviation industry has faced a difficult year.British Airways cabin crew have walked off the job on several occasions in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.And British airspace was closed for a week in April thanks to an ash cloud from a volcano in Iceland.With talks ongoing, no dates have been announced for the airports' strike.But should talks break down it's feared the union could target a long weekend at the end of the month to maximize disruption.

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