Unite has announced that 74.1% of BAA staff who voted in its latest ballot are in favour of strike action. A total of 3,055 of the airport operator’s 6,185 workers returned ballot papers, following a dispute over a 1% pay rise offer. “Last year BAA’s employees accepted a pay freeze to help the company because they understood the difficult financial operating environment,” said Unite National Officer for Civil Aviation Brian Boyd. “However, the 1% pay rise offer is not in line with inflation and BAA has consistently ignored the efforts of its staff. Strike action is a last resort to stop the workers’ standards of living falling.” He added that for the past four months, BAA had not attempted to contact Unite. “The final offer, which we consider unacceptable, was made back in April and no action has been taken to resolve that.” A spokesperson from BAA told Travel Daily the organisation was keen to sit down and discuss negotiations. “We regret the uncertainty this vote has already caused our passengers and airline customers. We hope that the union will engage with us quickly to conclude an agreement. Fewer than half of those people eligible to vote have done so and we do not believe this result provides a clear mandate for strike action,” BAA added. Unite National Officer for Civil Aviation Brendan Gold claimed other airport operators had given their staff reasonable pay rises and it was BAA’s responsibility to do the same.