Airports’ sell-off needs close monitoring, says Unite

Airports’ sell-off needs close monitoring, says Unite

05 August 2014

The planned sell-off of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports by Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) needs close scrutiny so the workforce don’t lose out, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Tuesday 5 August 2014).

National officer for civil air transport Oliver Richardson said: “We need to be kept closely informed of the sell-off process in the weeks and months ahead.

“Our concern is that there is no detrimental impact on our members’ pay, pensions and terms and conditions due to any change of owner.

“We would therefore welcome the opportunity to meet any potential purchasers and to ensure their business plans for the future development of these three airports will benefit the airlines, workers and passengers.”

Unite has about 150 members at Aberdeen, about 250 members at Glasgow and nearly 100 at Southampton.

Should the sale of these airports go ahead, HAH, formerly known as BAA, will be just left with Heathrow. It had previously also owned Edinburgh, Gatwick and Stansted. 


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.