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Unite members pressing on with strikes after latest pay offer rejected

Tuesday June 25th 2019 at 9:08 AM

Unite members at Aberdeen Airport have voted to press on with strikes after they rejected the latest offer in an ongoing dispute over pay and pensions.

Unite members at Aberdeen Airport will strike again on Thursday and Friday after they rejected the latest pay offer.

More than 60 per cent of workers voted down the 3 per cent pay increase, with a new one off payment of £600, and an annual wage increase identical to the Retail Price Index for next year.

Unite say airport bosses remain unwilling to discuss or reopen the consultation on closing the pension scheme, which they claim breaks an agreement made with ACAS in 2016.

Workers will down tools as planned on Thursday, 27th June, and Friday, 28th June, between 6am and 10am.

Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Unite took the latest pay offer back to our membership at Aberdeen Airport to let them decide on the course of action.

“It was vital that our members had the opportunity to consider and respond to Aberdeen Airport and the AGS Group. The message our members have sent could not be any clearer or any louder.”

“Let’s hope this second strong mandate shows Aberdeen Airport management that they need to come back around the table with an offer Unite can support so that we can find a remedy to this dispute.

“Unite’s members have democratically voted to continue strike action and this action will continue unless they receive a significantly better offer.

“We will wait to hear from airport management on whether they wish to get back round the negotiating table or whether they are more interested in needlessly escalating this dispute.”

Steve Szalay, managing director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “During our talks with Unite last week and in attempt to bring the industrial action to an end, we tabled a further improved and unconditional two year offer.

“This would have resulted in staff receiving a 3% pay increase in 2019 with 2020 set at RPI and a £600 lump sum payment.

“It’s extremely disappointing this has been rejected and our focus will now be on ensuring passengers will not be impacted by the upcoming industrial action which Unite has scheduled to target the busy summer getaway.

“Our robust and safe contingency measures will be in place on 27 and 28 June meaning it will be business as usual on those dates.”

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