16 AUGUST 2010
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HEATHROW, and the other five UK airports operated by BAA Ltd, could be forced to close if the Unite union follows up threats to call out its members involved in fire fighting, security and ancillary services after a strike ballot. A decision is expected today (Monday 16 August) with seven days’ notice required by law for action. The ballot came after the Unite union rejected a 1% pay offer from BAA. The turnout was just under 50% of the 6,185 staff balloted. Of the 3,054 staff who voted 74% or 36% of the total were for a strike, hardly a mandate. If the strike does go ahead it could prove very disruptive during the very busy holiday period. AA Travel Insurance tells AERBT that clients are covered on their insurance policies for abandonment or delay, provided the cover was taken out and the holiday booked before the strike action was announced. www.baa.com www.unitetheunion.org
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