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Talks to avert British airport strikes next month end without agreement

Talks to avert British airport strikes next month end without agreement

Talks between unions and management aimed at averting strikes next month at some of Britain's busiest airports ended without agreement Thursday night, officials said.
Workers at seven airports, including London's Heathrow and Gatwick, voted last week to stage three strikes in the new year after airport operator BAA PLC announced plans to change its employee pension plan.
Leaders of the Unite union met for several hours with BAA management but both sides said the dispute remained deadlocked.
No further dates have been set for negotiations although union officials stressed there is still time to prevent the strikes.
The first strike will be for 24 hours on Jan. 7; the second will be for 24 hours on Jan. 14, and the third will be for 48 hours starting Jan 17. Edinburgh, Stansted, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton are the other airports affected.
Workers involved include firefighters, maintenance and security staff and clerical workers, the union said.
"BAA is disappointed that today's talks have not succeeded in resolving this dispute," the airport operator said in a statement.
BAA said none of its current workers would be affected by the planned changes _ which would close the final salary pension scheme to new employees.


Updated : 2021-03-08 14:24 GMT+08:00