Deal secures 12% pay uplift and £1,000 cash payment 

Unite the union has secured a pay deal with Edinburgh Airport, the UK’s leading aviation trade union confirmed today (13 June).

Around 275 workers backed the pay deal by 96 per cent which will deliver a 12 per cent increase on basic salary and shift pay along with a one-off cash payment of £1,000. 

On 25 May, Unite confirmed its members backed strike action by 85 per cent on a 75 per cent turnout to fight for a better wage deal. Unite represents the overwhelming majority of the estimated 500 workers based at Edinburgh Airport, which is controlled by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite just keeps on delivering for our members across Scottish airports. This is another great deal for our members, this time at Edinburgh Airport. The message is clear to all airport workers, if you want better jobs, pay, and conditions then join Unite.”

Edinburgh Airport workers deal with passengers directly in airport security, terminal operations, search areas and process them for flights. The workers set to receive the pay increase also screen all deliveries, and deal with airside support services.

Only yesterday, Unite announced around 100 members based at Glasgow Airport Limited secured an 11 per cent rise on the back of other companies agreeing deals with the trade union including ICTS Central Search, and Menzies Aviation.

Carrie Binnie, Unite industrial officer, said: “Unite always wanted to resolve this dispute at Edinburgh Airport through negotiations but our members were prepared to take strike action in order to secure a better wage increase. A 12 per cent rise along with a £1,000 cash payment really is an excellent result, which will benefit hundreds of workers at the airport.”