Airbus workers at Broughton in North Wales have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay. 

Around 3,000 Airbus employees, members of Unite, the UK’s leading union, voted to strike after the company refused to improve on an ‘unacceptably low’ pay offer for 2021. This is despite the fact that workers shouldered a pay freeze in 2020. 

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: 

“Unite’s top priority is the jobs, terms and conditions of our members and it is clear our members are highly dissatisfied with Airbus’ unacceptably low pay offer. Airbus needs to acknowledge that and table a sensible offer before this dispute escalates further. 

“The deal simply does not reflect our members’ hard work and dedication, nor the sacrifices they have made over the last two years. There is no excuse - Airbus can well afford to pay its workers the reasonable rise they deserve.”

Strike action at Broughton which manufactures wings for Airbus’ commercial aircraft, could begin as early as March. Unite said strike action can be avoided if Airbus returns to negotiations and puts forward an offer that meets the workers’ expectations.

On a ballot with an 84 per cent turn out, 94 per cent of Unite Airbus members voted for strike action. 

Tony Brady Unite Regional Co-ordinating Officer commented:

“Airbus have published excellent financial results but are failing miserably to offer our members at Broughton a decent pay rise. The healthy finances of Airbus have only been achieved through the dedication hard work of their world class workforce. 

"If Airbus want to avoid industrial action at Broughton they must change course and table a pay award that reflects the cost of living crisis and meets our members expectations.”