Unite Members at BAA Vote to Strike

While Unite's battle with British Airways may be ending after a year and a half, the union members at BAA have voted for strike action in a dispute over a 1 percent pay offer.

The union balloted 6,185 staff including security staff, engineers, fire-fighters and support staff at BAA's six airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. 74 percent of BAA's staff who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.

Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brian Boyd, said: "Last year BAA's employees accepted a pay freeze to help the company because they understood the difficult financial operating environment within civil aviation. A pay offer of one percent plus the withdrawal of two payments worth over £1,000 is simply confrontational."

Unite will be meeting with its key representatives on August 16 to decide what form of industrial action union members will take.

A BAA spokesperson said: "We regret the uncertainty this vote has already caused our passengers and airline customers. We hope that the union will engage with us quickly to conclude an agreement. Fewer than half of those people eligible to vote have done so and we do not believe this result provides a clear mandate for strike action."

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