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Aberdeen airport workers ‘overwhelmingly’ reject latest pay offer

17 July 2018

Unite the union today (Tuesday 17 July) has confirmed workers at Aberdeen airport have rejected the latest pay offer following a consultative ballot. The union and Aberdeen International Airport held discussions at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) yesterday, as a marginally improved pay offer of 2.8 per cent effective from 1 January 2018 was made to the workforce. 

Unite is demanding a parity pay award of three per cent with fellow workers at Glasgow International Airport  Aberdeen International Airport is owned by AGS Airports which is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), established in 2014, to acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports. 

The prospective action will involve around 170 workers at the airport including workers in security and airfield operations, airside services, firefighters, operations officers and passenger service agents. A series of 24 hour stoppages will now take place after Unite members voted for strike action earlier this month with 88 per cent of workers rejecting a previous pay offer. The days of action are as follows: 

  • 20 July 2018
  • 2 August 2018
  • 16 August 2018

Unite regional coordinating officer Tommy Campbell said: “The latest pitiful effort by Aberdeen International Airport to end this dispute has been overwhelmingly rejected by Unite members.  The management seem more intent on causing widespread disruption to their operations – and the public - on the basis of not being prepared to give our members the same pay award as the workforce at Glasgow International Airport, which is owned by the same parent company. The workers and the public at large will be baffled as to why airport management are refusing to pay an extra 0.2 per cent to end this dispute today and in doing so will cause more financial harm and damage to their reputation. Unite remains open to further discussions with a view to resolving the dispute if the company starts to behave responsibly, if it does not, then our members will have no option but to proceed with industrial action."

ENDS  

Notes to editors: 

For more information contact Tommy Campbell on 07810157920.  

  • 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.