Unions call off airport strikes

04-01-2008

Unions call off airport strikes
All three strikes planned in UK airports this month have been called off after unions agreed a deal on pensions.

The first of the strikes was called off after talks on New Year's Eve and now the action planned for 24 hours on January 14th and 48 hours from January 17th have also been shelved.

Airport operator BAA had warned that the strikes would have effectively shut down all seven of its airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Members of Unite and of the Public and Commerical Services Union (PCSU) called for the strikes after unhappiness at the BAA pension scheme.

Unite said "proper consultations" over the future of the scheme will now be held.

A spokesman for BAA said: "We welcome the announcement by trade unions today that an agreement has been reached and all proposed industrial action has been cancelled.

"This is good news for our passengers and airline customers."

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