Following discussions with SAS Ground Services UK Ltd (SGS) and Acas, Unite union has agreed to suspend the strike action proposed for Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th December, 2009, plus Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th January, 2010.
Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by SGS were to embark on a series of 48 hour strikes beginning on 22nd December, lasting into the new year, in a bid to settle a pay dispute and prevent the erosion of workers' employment benefits when they are transferred to a new employer in the new year.
The action is now postponed while Unite reballots its members on proposals put forward during the course of talks with Acas.
Unite is asking its members to attend work as normal on the dates previously identified as strike days and to fully participate in the forthcoming ballot, which was sent out on Tuesday, December 22nd. The ballot will close on Monday, January 11th, 2010.
The baggage handling and check-in service is provided to Turkish, Emirates and Thai airlines at London Heathrow and KLM, Air France, Wideroe and Atlantic at Aberdeen.