Pay offer rejected

More holiday disruption as airport staff plan strikes

Glasgow Airport

Airport set for strike action


Holiday travellers can expect further disruption after staff at Glasgow Airport voted for further strike action ina dispute over pay and pensions.

Trade union Unite confirmed that a new management offerr has been rejected following an indicative ballot of the membership. In a ballot turnout of 85.2%, the offer was rejected by 81% who also voted to continue with the dispute.

New dates have now been announced for further walk-outs. The scheduled action on 30 June has been suspended as a gesture of goodwill and respect as it is the anniversary of the terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport in 2007.

Unite has repeated its concerns over airport security following media revelations last weekend, which highlighted breaches in airport security being linked to contingency staff brought in during strike action at Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports. The strike action undertaken by Unite’s membership involves airport security officers, airport fire safety, airfield operations officers, and engineering technicians.

The full scheduled dates set for Glasgow Airport are as follows:

3 July between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.
5 July between 9.30 a.m. and 13:30 p.m.
11 July between 13.30 p.m. and 17.30 p.m.
12 July between 5.30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m.
13 July between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
14 July between 16.00 p.m. and 20.00 p.m.
15 July between 5.30 a.m. and 09:30 a.m.

Pat McIlvogue, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite members took a democratic decision to overwhelmingly reject the latest pay and pension offer by Glasgow Airport. The reality is that minimal progress has been made following our discussions with airport management. This is why our members have voted to continue with the dispute.”

“Unite fully appreciates the inconvenience this action is causing the travelling public. But, we hope the public understand that the bigger issue here is the attack on our members’ deferred pay through the closure of their pension scheme, and a pay offer which doesn’t even get close to matching the pay rises and the bonuses the boardroom receives.”

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