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BA deal averts flight disruption

Tue, 14 Sep, 2010

A deal between British Airways (BA) and unions Unite and GMB has prevented massive disruption to travel and airport services at London's Heathrow Airport.

National officer for GMB civil aviation Mick Rix welcomed the agreement and expressed his hopes that the airline's future growth would be shared with union members, as well as the company.

"This vote is a ringing endorsement of all the hard work done by GMB workplace representatives at BA over 12 months to achieve a negotiated settlement," he said.

As part of the agreement, 500 posts will be phased out over the next six months and pay levels will be frozen until October 2010, while new arrangements on break times, flexible working practices and staffing levels have been agreed. 

The announcement comes after news from last month which saw Unite accept an offer from BAA, which prevented strikes causing massive disruptions to UK holidaymakers during a key travel period.

More than 1,000 GMB members are employed by BA at Heathrow Airport, 97 per cent of which voted to accept the deal.

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Joe Evans

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