Airport ground handler strike suspended following impr...

Airport ground handler strike suspended following improved pay offer

22 December 2014

A two-day strike by workers at the airport ground handling company dnata over a ‘divisive’ pay deal has been suspended after the company made an improved offer, Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Monday 22 December).

Over 460 Unite members working at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports had been due to start a two-day strike tomorrow (Tuesday 23 December). Instead they will be balloted on the revised pay proposals over the coming weeks following a breakthrough in talks at Acas.

Unite members at dnata include check-in staff, aircraft push back drivers, loaders and HGV drivers. dnata is one of Heathrow’s biggest cargo handlers and one of the biggest ground handlers across Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports.

Unite regional officer Kevin Hall said: “Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.

“All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn’t refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago. We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks.”

For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

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Notes to editors

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.