Workers at Aberdeen Airport on first of two 12-hour strikes in ongoing dispute over pay and pensions
Friday June 7th 2019 at 12:17 PM
Union workers at Aberdeen Airport are on the first of two 12-hour walkouts.
The security staff, fire and operations team members started their strike at 4am and will continue until 4pm in an ongoing dispute over pay and pensions.
Workers will down tools again on Monday, 10 April.
The strike was called by Unite last month, after it claimed airport bosses had ignored the concerns of staff by refusing to negotiate on keeping the pension scheme – a decision claimed to break an agreement made with mediators ACAS three years ago.
Managing director of Aberdeen Airport, Steven Szalay, said: “It’s a shame that it’s come to this but the message I want to get out to passengers is that the airport is open, it’s business as usual and we’ve not had any delays or queues.
“We’ve put forward, what we believe to be, a reasonable DB pensions scheme proposal and a 3% pay offer. Obviously the union has a different view on that and it’s a real disappointment that we are where we are.
“We want to get back round the table. We want to speak to the unions and our staff to resolve this dispute so we don’t have to go through this again.
“Many people would think the 3% pay rise is reasonable. We appreciate we posted pre-tax profits of £23.7 million last year but running an airport is an expensive business.
“We’ve just spent £21 million on a new terminal to improve the passenger experience and in 3 years time we’ll need to relay the runway, that’s another £10 million of investment to make sure the runway is fit for purpose.
Unite regional officer, Shauna Wright, said: “We’re doing what we can to demonstrate that this unfair cut is not acceptable and our members have had enough.
“We’re very disappointed and, right up to the 12th hour, we were trying to prevent this from happening by offering to sit down again with AGS.
“We’re more than happy to sit down at any time, on any day, anywhere to have a conversation to get this resolved – we are looking for resolution.
Union members have also downed tools at Glasgow airport, with another four-hour stoppage planned for Friday 14 June, as part of a similar dispute.