Airwave strike suspended


Staff at emergency services network Airwave suspended their 48-hour strike yesterday as the company agreed to discuss voluntary redundancies with the Communications Workers Union (CWU).

Around 100 Airwave staff began a 48-hour strike on Friday March 13, to end on Monday March 16. Staff were protesting against Airwave’s decision to force 10 per cent of its 1,000-strong workforce into redundancy. The company, which is owned by Australian firm Macquarie, is also to freeze salary reviews until September 2009.

Staff completed the first day of strike action but were told to return to work last Monday as Airwave agreed to discuss potential voluntary redundancies with the CWU.

A joint statement was released by CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr and Airwave chief executive Richard Bobbett.

It said: “Airwave and the CWU have agreed to hold further discussions at a senior level. While the talks are underway the CWU have agreed to suspend all industrial action.

“The CWU and Airwave have agreed to issue no further separate communications whilst negotiations are underway for a successful conclusion to the negotiations. This has been a difficult time and it is everyone’s hope that we can get back to normal as soon as possible.”