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Issue No. 1811

WORKERS ON Britain's second biggest airline, BMI, are moving to a ballot on union recognition. The cabin crews want the management to recognise Bassa, the British Airlines Stewards and Stewardesses Association. It is part of the TGWU.

But BMI management are threatening to discipline workers who recruit to the union during work time. The workers are now taking part in a consultative ballot to see if they would be willing to strike to win union recognition.

AIRPORT workers employed by Aviance are due to find out at the end of this week the result of their ballot over a new pay offer. Some 2,000 baggage handlers, ground service and check-in staff-members of the GMB union-had voted for strike action after rejecting a 1.5 percent rise and a £150 lump sum.

This pressure forced Aviance to increase their offer to 1.8 percent and a £250 lump sum. The GMB is not recommending acceptance of the marginally improved offer.

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Sat 3 Aug 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1811
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