Unite the union has today (24 May) announced dates for industrial action at Aberdeen Airport following the closing of talks by AGS on pensions and pay. The dates are 7 and 10 June between 04:00 hours until 16:00 at exactly the same time industrial action is set to take place at Glasgow Airport.

The airport is part of AGS Airports Limited group, which also owns Glasgow and Southampton airports. Aberdeen Airport increased its after tax profits from £10.7 million in 2016 to £19.1 million in 2017. The dispute centres on AGS closing the consultation process on pensions today as it looks to close the defined benefit pension scheme, which broke an Acas agreement made in 2016 to keep the scheme open to existing members. In April, Unite members at Aberdeen Airport supported strike action by 88.3 per cent on a 79.5 per cent turnout over the 2019 pay claim and the proposals to close the final salary pension scheme.

Unite subsequently entered negotiations with AGS through Acas which led to the initial postponement of industrial action based on a three per cent increase and a commitment to continue negotiations over the pension scheme proposals until the 31 May. AGS has closed the talks on the 20 May following a failure by the company to maintain the pension scheme based on the 2016 Acas agreement.

Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite members at Aberdeen Airport will join those at Glasgow Airport taking industrial action to fight against this coordinated attack by AGS on our members’ pension scheme. We have repeatedly warned AGS that if it does not keep to the agreements made with us then industrial action would be inevitable. Let’s not forget that this attack comes despite Aberdeen Airport having enjoyed a near doubling of profits. Industrial action is now set for June and further dates will be forthcoming causing widespread disruption during the summer period due to the broken promises of AGS.”