Bid to halt baggage handler strike ends in disagreement

Talks
to stop industrial action by baggage handlers across the UK have ended without
agreement between the Transport and General Workers’ Union (T&G) and
management at ground handling services company Aviance.

Members
of the T&G union working at 16 locations, including Heathrow, Edinburgh,
Glasgow and Liverpool, voted by four to one to reject a 2.5 per cent pay offer,
and are seeking an increase of 3.5 per cent.

T&G
national secretary for aviation, Brendan Gold, said the sides were closer to
agreement, but there was still a "small gap" between what the union
wanted and the latest offer from the company.

Aviance
said it was continuing talks with the GMB and Amicus unions to avert industrial
action.

By Michael Millar

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