Unite the Union members at BAA have delivered a 'substantial' vote for strike action in a dispute over a one per cent pay offer.The union balloted 6,185 staff including security staff, engineers, fire-fighters and support staff at BAA's six airports: Heathrow, Stansted, Southampton, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
74% of BAA's staff who took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.
Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brian Boyd said: "Last year BAA's employees accepted a pay freeze to help the company because they understood the difficult financial operating environment within civil aviation. A pay offer of one per cent plus the withdrawal of two payments worth over £1,000 is simply confrontational.
"CEO Colin Matthews recently hailed BAA's financial performance and passenger numbers at Heathrow reached a record high in July. BAA has constantly ignored the contribution its employees make to the ongoing success of the business. Unite members have delivered a strong message that they deserve more.”
Unite national officer for civil aviation, Brendan Gold said: "This ballot result reflects what our members feel about BAA's current attitude. For the past four months BAA has refused to even meet with us. BAA is doing passengers a great disservice by allowing this dispute to get to this stage. We are therefore calling on BAA to return to the negotiating table with a fair offer."
Unite will be meeting with its key representatives on Monday, August 16 to decide what form of industrial action union members will take.