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Union bargaining to prevent BAA sell-on fallout?

Staff are worried about their terms and conditions after BAA was told it had to sell off two of its airports.

19 July 2011

Union bargaining could be required if terms offered to workers after the BAA airport sell-off are not satisfactory.

The Competition Commission has ruled the company has to get rid of London Stansted and either Glasgow or Edinburgh airport.

Because of this decision, Unite national officer for civil air transport Brendan Gold believes there could be an "increased threat to our members' terms and conditions in the long-term".

Mr Gold added that his union is looking forward to having "positive dialogue" with whoever the new proprietor is.

"Any attempt by a new owner ... to undermine our members' conditions will be strongly resisted," he stated.

If the two parties are unable to come up with an arrangement that is suitable to both of them, then strike negotiations may be required.

BAA observed it is "dismayed" by the final decision of the Competition Commission as it will cause damage to the company.

Posted by David Gleck

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