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The series of strikes threatening BAA’s seven UK airports this month have been called off.

BAA has now withdrawn its decision to close its final salary pension scheme to new employees, following talks with unions Unite and PCS.

A strike due for next Monday 7 January had already been called off, after talks were held earlier this week. Now, two further strikes planned for 14 and 17 January have also been cancelled, after BAA agreed to further consultations over the future of the pension scheme.

Unite national aviation secretary Brendan Gold said the announcement is good news for members, for BAA and for air travellers.

“It is a total vindication of the action taken by our members in voting to defend their pension scheme. Our members didn’t want to strike, but had been left with no option because of the attack on their pension scheme. We have now achieved agreement that there will be no interference with our members’ pension scheme without proper talks.”

A spokesman for BAA said: “We welcome the announcement by trade unions today that an agreement has been reached and all proposed industrial action has been cancelled. This is good news for our passengers and airline customers.”

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