Glasgow welcomes A380
Strike suspended as world’s biggest plane flies in
The plane will arrive in Glasgow this evening
A threatened strike at Glasgow Airport on the day it welcomes the world’s largest passenger aircraft has been suspended following talks with mediators.
Unite the Union, Prospect and AGS Airports said progress has been made during discussions at ACAS which have seen the company table an offer of 3% for Aberdeen International and Glasgow airports. This was met positively by the trade unions.
However, no agreement has been reached on the company’s proposal to scrap its final salary pension scheme. However, the company supports a union request to continue dialogue involving the chief executive of AGS, Derek Provan.
The pension scheme consultation, originally scheduled to close on 14 April, has been extended to accommodate the further discussions and talks will be rescheduled. The proposed closure date of the 31 May will be extended.
The suspension of the strike was announced as the airport prepares for the arrival of the superjumbo Airbus 380 which begins regular services between Glasgow and Dubai.
More than £8m has been spent to prepare the terminal for the double-decker jet, including changes to the airfield layout and the building of Scotland’s only triple air bridge.
It has been designed to get up 600 passengers on and off the giant as quickly and safely as possible.
A single superjumbo visited Glasgow in 2014 to mark 10 years of flights from the city by the Emirates airline.
Bus strike imminent
Unite the union today has confirmed that it will ballot members at Lothian Buses in Edinburgh on industrial action following overwhelming support in a consultative ballot. In a three-week long ballot, 94% of Unite members indicated support to take industrial action.
The move follows a breakdown in negotiations with Lothian Buses management at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
The talks took place due to an escalation in the dispute over Unite’s claims of poor workplace relations.
Dispute in Motherwell
GMB Scotland is threatening industrial action at articulated truck manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment Global, after the imposition of what it terms a ‘derisory’ 2% pay increase.
Unions have been in dispute with management at the Motherwell based firm, formerly known as Terex, following a failure to agreement a pay offer for the 2018/19 period, resulting in the implementation of the below inflation increase without consultation.
GMB members voted overwhelmingly for strike action against the imposition earlier this month by a majority of 80% and for action short of strike by 90% on an 80% turnout.
A continuous overtime ban on all manufacturing operations is now scheduled to commence from 7am on Monday 29 April, with the possibility of strike action increasingly likely unless the employer brings forward an improved pay offer.
GMB Scotland Senior Organiser Louise Gilmour said: “Our members are refusing to accept the imposition of a real terms cut to their pay and conditions and unless the employer brings forward improved terms, we are heading for a strike.
“It is well within Volvo’s capacity to make sure work pays for its hardworking staff. The fact that they chose to bypass unions and impose this derisory increase on its staff is totally unacceptable and it’s no surprise our members voted so strongly for industrial action.
“Our message to Volvo management is clear: Make work pay for your staff, lift your pay cut imposition and let’s get back around the negotiating table to avoid the possibility of a strike.”