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Heathrow baggage handlers’ Easter strike is called off

Issue No. 1944

The T&G union has called off a planned strike by baggage handlers working for Aviance at Heathrow airport.

Workers were set to strike from Easter Monday following a six to one vote in a dispute over contracts.

But following talks on Monday, a union spokesperson announced that “the key point of imposed conditions of work has been resolved and the question of industrial action did not now arise”.

More than 800 Aviance workers are involved in the dispute, including some 70 workers recently transferred from Swissport, the ground handling firm whose operation at Heathrow went bust last year.

They have been employed by Aviance on different pay and conditions, leading to a two-tier workforce.

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Sat 26 Mar 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1944
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