Airport strikes may be averted

are rising of averting air strikes that would disrupt the travel plans of
millions of holidaymakers over the summer.

handlers and check-in staff at Heathrow and Gatwick had voted to take action
after rejecting a 2.5 per cent pay offer. Talks between the services group
Aviance and three trade unions broke down two weeks ago.

now one of the unions involved – the GMB – has said it is willing to meet

union spokesman said: "If Aviance has a sensible proposal to make, then we
will be pleased to hear it. We would also be prepared to postpone our strike
action if we feel the company has a genuine new offer to make."

staff currently earn an average of £12,000 a year, and baggage handlers

that could be affected by strike action include British Midlands, Iberia, Air
India, Easyjet, JAL Japan and Air Seychelles.

By Mike Berry

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