GMB – the union for staff at Heathrow Airport – has signed a sole recognition agreement with aviation security company ICTS at Heathrow Airport following four months of negotiations.
The agreement will cover all terminals and cargo at the airport.
GMB represents the interests of its members especially following the success of its campaign to get the London Living Wage at Heathrow Airport, benefiting thousands of workers across the Airport.
ICTS have many contracts across Heathrow including aircraft guarding, hand baggage screening, aircraft crew screening and cargo security and have been successful in obtaining new contracts across all terminals where GMB have a large membership base.
GMB have worked with the company over many years at the airport on the Virgin and Delta Air Lines aircraft guarding contracts and now this will extend to all contracts across the terminals at Heathrow.
GMB Regional Organiser for Aviation at Heathrow, Perry Philips said: “This is fantastic news for our members across Heathrow and the GMB London Region in securing this recognition agreement with ICTS.
“This will give us the collective bargaining unit for all ICTS contracts for the purpose of pay and conditions negotiations and other business where the company will consult with the GMB on matters affecting our members.
“We have always held good working industrial relations with ICTS and this extension to our joint recognition agreement strengthens our partnership working together for the future and to the benefit of GMB members”.
“Both GMB and ICTS have worked together through good relations to achieve this agreement and credit should also go to our GMB Heathrow Aviation Branch and activists who have also worked hard with the company to secure this agreement.”