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BAA reopens pensions scheme to new entrants after strike threat

by BAA worker
Issue No. 2083

Unions representing workers at seven British Airports Authority (BAA) airports including Gatwick and Heathrow have called off strike action due to take place later in January, after the company caved in and conceded to their demands.

Originally BAA had unilaterally announced the closure of the final salary pension scheme to new entrants after 1 December 2007.

But after the unions – Unite, Prospect and the PCS – had balloted for industrial action, they agreed at a meeting on New Year’s Eve to re-open the scheme for new entrants and to enter into meaningful talks with the unions about any future changes to conditions.

This shows what can be done when unions stand up on such important issues, and the lesson should not be lost on other workers faced with the same kind of attacks.

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Tue 8 Jan 2008, 19:08 GMT
Issue No. 2083
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