Disruption continues

Airport strikes go ahead as staff reject latest pay offer

Aberdeen airport workerAberdeen Airport staff have rejected the latest pay offer and voted to continue strike action this week.

The offer was rejected by 62.8% of Unite members while 71.5% rejected the pension proposal. The ballot turnout was 96%. Strike action will now go ahead on 27 and 28 June from 6am to 10am.

The pay offer for 2019 remained the basic 3% with a new one off payment of £600 for full-time employees, but the bonus plan has now been removed. Aberdeen Airport management proposed a pay offer next year identical to the Retail Price Index figure in January 2020.

Unite accused AGS Airports, which owns Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports, of being unwilling to discuss or reopen the consultation on closing the pension scheme. It says this breaks an Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) agreement made in 2016 to keep the scheme open to existing members.

Unite has also reiterated its concerns over airport security following media revelations at the weekend, which highlighted breaches in airport security due to contingency staff brought in during strike action at Aberdeen and Glasgow which will also see a series of industrial stoppages over the coming days.

Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite took the latest pay offer back to our membership at Aberdeen Airport to let them decide on the course of action. It was vital that our members had the opportunity to consider and respond to Aberdeen Airport and the AGS Group. The message our members have sent could not be any clearer or any louder.”

“Let’s hope this second strong mandate shows Aberdeen Airport management that they need to come back around the table with an offer Unite can support so that we can find a remedy to this dispute. Unite’s members have democratically voted to continue strike action and this action will continue unless they receive a significantly better offer.

“We will wait to hear from airport management on whether they wish to get back round the negotiating table or whether they are more interested in needlessly escalating this dispute.”

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