Unite the union has added a further day of industrial action following a 12 hour stoppage at Glasgow Airport today (10 June) and last Friday (7 June), which has caused widespread disruption to airport operations. The action undertaken involves airport security officers, airport fire safety, airfield operations officers, and engineering technicians has resulted in long delays at airport security.

It has now been announced that a further four hour stoppage will take place on Monday 24 June 2019 between 06:00 to 10:00 to add to the forthcoming days of action:

  • 14 June between 04:00-08:00
  • 21 June between 08.30 and 14.30

Unite has reiterated that Glasgow Airport management’s allegations that the union has showed ‘no willingness’ to enter further talks is false and deliberately misleading.
Unite can verify and prove that the union repeatedly offered to engage in talks with Glasgow Airport management ‘under any auspices’ including Acas at any point.

The dispute centres on a pay claim and Glasgow Airport withdrawing from negotiations over its proposal to close its pension scheme to existing members. The decision broke an existing Acas agreement made in 2016, which has saved AGS £12 million in the last three years. Glasgow Airport posted a £74 million profit after tax in 2017 up from £51 million in 2016.

Pat McIlvogue, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite has repeatedly offered to meet Glasgow Airport management at any time, at any place and under any auspices to find a resolution to this dispute. This is not a matter of debate, it’s a fact. But, Glasgow Airport's management has deliberately avoided this offer and misled the public by peddling misinformation. It appears that airport management is intent in escalating this dispute.

“Let us be absolutely clear. Management is attacking our members’ pay and their pensions, which have been accrued through years of hard work. It’s wages workers sacrifice today so they can live a decent life in retirement. It’s not an extra – it is earned. The fact is that AGS Airports, which owns Glasgow airport, has broken an agreement to keep the existing pension scheme open. The workers are resolute and we will continue to add further days of action until Glasgow Airport gets back round the negotiating table.”


For more information contact Pat McIlvogue on (07918631805).

Notes to editors:

  • Glasgow Airport is part of AGS Airports Limited group, which also owns Aberdeen and Southampton airports.

    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.