THREATS OF strike action have won an increased pay offer for airport workers. The workers include firefighters, security staff and engineers at major airports including Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. The workers' TGWU union had been pushed into opposing the offer by anger from the rank and file after a previous strike was suspended.
The 6,000 workers voted by two to one to reject the bosses' second offer. After all-night negotiations last week the British Airports Authority increased its offer to 8 percent spread over two years. The TGWU says the deal is worth £1,500 extra a year and will recommend the deal is accepted when it is put out to a postal vote.
Union leader Bill Morris took over the negotiations to put a stop to strikes that could damage the government. But some airport workers are still angry with the company's bullying tactics.