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Airport strike not likely now

Written by Charlene Gunnells
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 18:47

It appears that threats of a union strike that would have hobbled six major airports in the United Kingdom, including the Edinburgh Airport, is no more.

Last week the union representing airport security staff had threatened to strike over unacceptable pay raises. According to news reports out of the UK, a compromise emerged from talks this past Monday. The union had been expected to vote on a strike. Had the union decided to strike, airports would have closed down on Aug. 23 - just five days before the Regimental Band and Pipes closes its performance tenure at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Band members are scheduled to fly back to Charleston on Aug. 29. In addition to the several hundred Tattoo performers that would be sidelined by an airport shutdown, Edinburgh this month is filled with thousands of tourists taking part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a month-long arts event.

Thankfully a strike is not something the cadets will have to contend with.

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