Aberdeen International Airport workers vote for strike action over pay

posted on 11th July 2018 by Justin Burns

Staff at Aberdeen International Airport have voted for strike action over pay which could lead to airline flight cancellations and also affect airport operations.

Unite the union confirmed that 24-hour industrial action was planned for 20 July, 2 August and 16 August after 88 per cent of members voted in favour.

The action is due to involve around 170 workers including security and airfield operations, airside services, firefighters, operations officers and passenger service agents.

Unite said its members have now rejected two below inflation wage offers on the back of below inflation increases over the last two previous years.

A statement from airport said: “We have been informed by Unite of their intention to take industrial action on Friday 20 July.  This follows the rejection of our proposed pay offer.

“We believe we have made an offer that is entirely fair and reasonable and we are committed to continuing discussions to reach a resolution acceptable to all parties.

“We have made contact with ACAS which has agreed to mediate between both parties. We are seeking a suitable date to continue our discussions in an attempt to reach a mutually agreeable position.

“We will, as a matter of course, ensure contingency plans are in place in the event of any planned industrial action.”

Unite regional officer, Wullie Wallace said: “Aberdeen International Airport’s latest derisory pay offer has been emphatically rejected by Unite members. The workforce for several years now has received below inflation increases and the company’s idea of rewarding its hard working employees is by offering more real terms pay cuts.

“Aberdeen Airport has been investing heavily into improving the airport facilities and amenities. It’s high time for the company to invest in its employees. Unite remains open to further discussions with a view to resolving the dispute.”

Airport owner AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), established in 2014, to acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports.