Fri, Aug 22, 2008
Postpones Walkouts Pending Ballot
Representatives with Unite, the
union representing baggage handlers and check-in staff at a number
of British airports, tell ANN threatened strikes have been called
off... for now.
Following intensive negotiations through the arbitration and
conciliation service ACAS, Swissport have tabled a revised pay
offer for baggage handlers and check-in staff.
As ANN reported, Swissport staff at Gatwick
and Stansted had planned to hold two 24 hour strikes on August 25
and 29. Similar strikes at Manchester were to take place on August
27, and again on September 1.
Unite says ii will hold a consultative ballot with its members
at Swissport which will begin shortly. Therefore, the union will
suspend industrial action at Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester
airports pending the outcome of the ballot result.
Swissport had offered union workers a 3% pay increase backdated
to July, rather than the anniversary date of April 1 and in a two
year offer, with regular pay increases capped at 4% in year two --
lower than the current 5% rate. The company offer also removes sick
pay for the first three days of any absence due to illness,
including industrial injury.
The union wants an increase in excess of 5% in a one year deal,
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