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Heathrow in last-minute talks to avert strikes

Heathrow in last-minute talks to avert strikes

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Heathrow Airport is holding last-ditch talks with unions to avert strikes on Monday and Tuesday that could mean 2,500 workers walking out. Britain's busiest airport has already cancelled 177 flights - roughly one in seven departures - as a precaution after Unite rejected a pay offer.The airport said the "vast majority" of passengers would still be able to fly. But some passengers say airlines have still not told them whether their flights will be cancelled. Some 91 airlines could be affected by the strikes, involving engineers, firefighters and security staff.Heathrow cancels 177 flights after strike voteA Heathrow spokeswoman said: "Airlines will confirm with passengers what flights they will be consolidating and cancelling."We ...
British Steel begs for taxpayer funds to avert collapse

British Steel begs for taxpayer funds to avert collapse

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Ministers are drawing up secret contingency plans for the collapse of British Steel amid a fresh funding crisis that could trigger thousands of job losses at its plant in Scunthorpe and intensify fears about the entire industry's future.Sky News has learnt that ‎insolvency experts have been placed on standby in case the UK's second-largest steel producer cannot secure tens of millions of pounds to see it through the coming months. The contingency plans are being drawn up as the company seeks a further loan of up to £75m from the government.A financial support loan on commercial terms was agreed in outline with Whitehall as part of a broader package announced earlier this month, insiders claimed on Tuesday.However, the second part of the deal was supposed to have been finalised by the end o