By Claire West
Acas (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is to meet with both sides in the latest BAA pay dispute to try and prevent strike action over the coming bank holiday.
Peter Harwood, Acas Chief Conciliator says:
"We can confirm that Acas will be facilitating an early meeting of the parties once diaries can be cleared."
The proposed walkouts would affect six airports; Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports. Gatwick would not be affected by any action as it is no longer a BAA owned airport.
Unite have said that they will be meeting with key representatives on Monday 16th August to decide what form of industrial action union members will take.
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 per cent plus the withdrawal of two payments worth over £1,000 is simply confrontational.
"CEO Colin Matthews recently hailed BAA's financial performance and passenger numbers at Heathrow reached a record high in July. BAA has constantly ignored the contribution its employees make to the ongoing success of the business. Unite members have delivered a strong message that they deserve more.”