Industrial action dates for Glasgow Airport
24 May 2019, 12:43
Some staff at Glasgow Airport plan to take industrial action for two days in June in a row over pay and pensions.
The action has has been set for the 7th and the 10th June by Unite the Union.
At the beginning of April, hundreds of Unite members voted by 95 per cent for industrial action over a pay claim for 2019, and the proposals to close the final salary pension scheme.
Talks between bosses at the airport and union representatives called a halt to action planned in April, after a 3% pay offer was made but
agreement on the pension scheme closing couldn't be reached in the latest negotiations. That means the union is now pushing ahead with
plans for industrial action.
Pat McIlvogue, Unite regional industrial officer, said: "Unite entered talks with Glasgow Airport in good faith to try and resolve this dispute.
On this basis we postponed our industrial action in April to allow talks to continue. However, while there has been movement on the pay
offer for this year it was sabotaged with a bonus being potentially reduced. There has been no movement on the pension scheme proposals.
AGS have closed the talks on pensions despite the Initial increased cost being reduced by a quarter of a million pounds from the employers
initial estimate, and without exploring the counter proposals tabled by the Unite to reduce costs to maintain the scheme. The pension
scheme is both affordable and sustainable.
"The company are insistent upon abolishing a scheme they agreed to only three years ago, while the boardroom enjoys pre-tax profits of
£91 million. Our members deserve better! So, this is not about saving money, it is about attacking our members’ terms and conditions.
Industrial action is now set for the summer period, and the blame for that lies fully with Glasgow Airport."
Industrial action by administration and Security staff has now been set for between 4am and 4pm on the 7th and 10th June.