Unite to ballot workers at Birmingham Airport

Unite to ballot workers at Birmingham Airport

06 November 2012

Unite will ballot workers for industrial action at Birmingham Airport and has accused management of 'forcing a dispute' with workers over a paltry pay offer after a three year pay freeze.

An industrial action ballot will open on Monday 12 November and close on Monday 26 November.

The company's final offer is a 2.5 per cent increase and a one-off non-consolidated payment of £150, but the retail price index has leapt since February  2009, while workers' pay has been frozen since then.

Workers have also endured fundamental changes to their terms and conditions, changes to the pension scheme, and the owners of the airport are now proposing changes to shift patterns. For the period 2010/11 Birmingham Airport made a profit after tax of £5.2 million.

The airport is increasing passengers and opening up new routes. It is even extending the runway to allow long haul flights to the east coast of the US and Pacific basin regions such as Singapore and Australia but workers' pay has been frozen and their terms and conditions have been slashed.

Unite has held two consultative ballots with its members and the company's offer has been rejected on both occasions. In the most recent ballot 76.5 per cent of members returning ballot papers rejected the company's offer.

Unite regional officer Peter Coulson said: "Staff have endured years of pay freezes and to make matters worse their pensions and conditions have been slashed. Our members' patience is running out.

"The airport is forcing a dispute but there is still time for management to get serious and listen to our members’ reasonable demands."

Unite represents security staff, baggage handlers, air side safety , technicians,  information desk staff, engineers and administrative staff.


Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.