Unite the union has today (Wednesday 25 July) confirmed it has served notice to ballot members for possible industrial action at International Consultants on Targeted Security (ICTS) based at Glasgow International Airport. The airport security firm provides the baggage screening process for Trans-Atlantic and European flights for some of the biggest airlines including Emirates, American Airlines, Virgin and Thomas Cook.
The dispute centres on a recent pay offer by ICTS which was rejected by 77 per cent of Unite members. The recent offer would have left workers performing exactly the same roles for the company based at Edinburgh International Airport earning 9 pence an hour more than workers based at Glasgow.
ICTS workers at Glasgow airport also had bank holiday and shift allowance supplements removed from the pay offer despite Edinburgh airport workers having received a pay award in May involving double time on bank holidays and time and a half for working unsociable hours between 22:00. and 04:30.
At talks with ICTS on 30 May, ICTS management had committed to bridge the gap between Glasgow and Edinburgh rates. On 1 June, ICTS sent through their formal offer which reneged on the commitment made at the earlier meeting.
Unite regional officer Pat McIlvogue said: “Unite has continually attempted to seek remedy with ICTS management to avoid a dispute. These requests have been met with either no response or delaying tactics.
“ICTS is a strong and profitable multi-national company. There can be no doubt that it can afford to provide a decent pay rise for its employees at Glasgow Airport in line with rates and conditions at Edinburgh Airport. We believe it is reasonable that Glasgow Airport ICTS workers should be treated no differently from fellow workers at Edinburgh Airport doing exactly the same job. This is a simple question of fairness.
“ICTS has agreed to Acas talks on 9 August and Unite remains hopeful that a remedy can be found before then.
“However ICTS management should be under no illusions of the determination of our members to get what they rightfully deserve, which is parity with their colleagues in Edinburgh.
“ICTS is the only employer within the Glasgow Airport campus where Unite has failed to reach an agreement on pay for 2018-19. We call on ICTS to get back round the table and offer a proposal on pay that is worthy of our members' consideration.”
For more information contact Pat McIlvogue on 07918631805
Notes to editors:
During 2016 ICTS profits were £1.2 million before tax while ICTS Directors have a remuneration of £467,000 per year.
- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.