Unite members employed by controversial outsourcer Mitie at London’s City Airport are being balloted on an offer to pay the London living wage (LLW) from 1 July.

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, which represents 32 security guards and those providing assistance to workers with mobility issues, said today (Wednesday 10 April) that its members were being balloted on Mitie’s new offer of paying the LLW, currently £10.55 an hour, from 1 July this year.

However, Unite warned that the offer, which came after its members had voted unanimously for industrial action, does not address all the members’ concerns, which include demands for improved sick pay, adequate rest break facilities and recognition of Unite for collective bargaining purposes.

Unite regional officer Michelle Cook said: “Yesterday (Tuesday 9 April) Unite received confirmation from the Mitie regional manager at the London City Airport that the LLW would be paid to workers from 1 July, after they threatened strike action.

“We will ballot our members on this new offer as this proposal does not address all our members’ legitimate concerns. 

“We are aware that GMB has sole recognition at Mitie’s operations based at London City Airport, however, Unite represents nearly 60 per cent of the workforce who were balloted for industrial action.”

Mitie is currently embroiled in two other industrial disputes with Unite members across the UK.

At the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing centre in Cumbria, security guards, and catering, vending and laundry operatives are due to strike over pay for 10 days starting on 19 April.

At Southampton General Hospital, security guards employed by Mitie have already taken a day’s strike action over lack of protective equipment as they are regularly attacked by those under the influence of drink and drugs or with mental health problems. Pay and sick pay are also issues in the Southampton dispute. 


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