Strikes are off

19 August 2010 07:30

Strikes are off

Travellers can breathe a sigh of relief after the news that thousands of airport workers will not be going on strike this August.

The news comes after talks between BAA and Unite Union resulted in an increased pay offer and a recommendation from the Unite Union that workers accept the new offer.

Up until a few days ago, travel industry experts were warning of yet more possible disruption to travellers as Unite had turned down an original pay offer and were in discussion with the airport operator to agree a better deal for staff.

The new offer includes a 2% increase on basic pay and allowances from January 2010 and a lump sum of £500.  This is double the original deal proposed by BAA.
 
The Union is now urging workers at Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports to accept the new deal in a ballot over the next three weeks, putting an end to potential strike action during the summer.

The threatened strike action would have involved more than 6,000 security staff, engineers, firefighters and other airport workers at six UK airports and would have resulted in huge levels of disruption to travellers.

World First travel insurance policies cover for people disrupted by strike action, providing the policy is purchased before any dates of strike action are announced.

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Martin Rothwell, Senior Partner World First Travel Insurance, says:

As Travel Insurance specialists, we pleased to confirm that our policies include cover for travel delays and cancellations arising from strikes and industrial action - but you need to make sure you buy travel insurance before any strike dates are announced.