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T5 strike averted by agreement on wages

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MEMBERS of the Major Projects Agreement forum were expected to rubber-stamp a pay deal yesterday (Wednesday) to prevent strike action at Heathrow's T5.

Electricians on the site voted by a fourto-one majority last week to accept the offer, which will see them earn an extra £10 a day.

The agreement means an end to a long-running row over travelling allowances and will guarantee the continued use of the MPA on Britain's biggest building site.

Officials from electrical union Amicus agreed to drop the increased travelling cash demands in return for extra money under a bonus deal.

T5 managing director Tony Douglas said: 'We are pleased that Amicus and the contractors have worked closely together to find a way forward.The solution is in line with MPA protocol and is now subject to authorisation by the MPA forum.

'The parties have achieved full and final settlement for the duration of the project by agreeing the enhanced productivity payment.The increased payment will, for the first year, be at nil cost to BAA.'

A site source said: 'It's a good deal but it shows how hard some people are to please when 20 per cent still voted against an extra £2,500 a year on top of their normal pay.'