LONDON -- BAA, the company that manages seven U.K. airports, is
bracing for a series of potentially crippling strikes in coming
The Transport and General Workers Union Monday confirmed its
plans for the job actions after rejecting a pay offer that would
have given its members salary increases of 6.3% over two years.
Tentative strike dates are: Nov. 28; Dec. 2, 10, 15 and 23; and
Jan. 2. BAA operates Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow,
Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton airports.
Reports in the British press say BAA is threatening to shut down
airports during the strikes, but that could not immediately be
confirmed at BAA's headquarters here.
A statement on the company's Web site said only that it was
preparing contingency plans.
Meanwhile, BAA said its seven airports handled a total of 11.4
million passengers in October, an increase of 16.2% compared with
last October, but just 2.3% more than in October 2000.
The North Atlantic market saw the largest gain last month, with
an increase of 25.8%, but it remains 13.6% below the level seen in