Airport strike called off after new pay offer

Unite union calls off planned strike action after "much improved" offer is tabled by BAA.

The threat of a strike by airline workers this month has been lifted after a new pay offer was tabled. The Unite union said said a "much improved" offer had been tabled for the workers at Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports.

Unite's national officer Brian Boyd said the union was calling off the threat of strikes while workers voted on the new proposal over the next few weeks. He added he was "confident" a strike could also be avoided at any later stage.

Workers will be balloted on the new offer, with the result likely to be announced in about three weeks, he said.

"We are very pleased to be able to reassure the travelling public that we, for our side, have worked tirelessly to achieve a settlement," Mr Gold said.

Engineers, security staff, and firefighters at the airports had voted to strike over a pay offer of up to 1.5%.

BAA director Terry Morgan said that "both parties came to the table wanting a settlement, so the talks were very constructive".

"We believe that the unions are going to recommend acceptance of our offer to their membership, and if that's the case, then we are very, very confident that any disruption to our airport operations has now been avoided," he said.

The full details of the new pay deal are expected to be announced later today.