Glasgow Airport staff set to go on 24-hour strike

Hundreds of employees at Glasgow Airport will go on a 24-hour strike on 16 April in a dispute over pay and pensions.

Around 500 employees at the airport are expected to participate in the strike, which comes after 95% of Unite union members voted in favour of industrial action.

Employees will strike between 4am on 16 April and 4am on 17 April, reportedly

In a recent ballot, United members voted for an industrial action after the airport authorities announced their decision to close the final salary pension scheme.

The airport authorities stated that all steps will be taken to prevent disruption of services for travellers.

Administrative and security staff are expected to participate in the strike, but it will not impact check-in desks, baggage handling or air traffic control.

According to Unite, its members plan to enforce an overtime ban between mid-April and October.

The dispute surfaced when the airport management made an annual pay offer of 1.8% and announced plans to close the final salary pension scheme.

Unite stated that the pay offer indicates a pay cut while the pension plan breaks a 2016 Acas agreement, which kept the scheme open to existing members.

The pension proposal was put forward to the employees of Aberdeen, Southampton and Glasgow airports, which form AGS Airports.

The results of the voting by Aberdeen Airport employees are expected within the next two weeks.

Unite regional industrial officer Pat McIlvogue said: “The overwhelming support for industrial action on a very high turnout shows the strength of feeling by hundreds of Unite members at Glasgow Airport.

“The workforce has been treated with disregard, contempt and disrespect. The paltry pay offer on the table is an insult while the boardroom enjoys pre-tax profits of £91m.

“If this wasn’t bad enough, there is a proposal to close the final salary pension scheme at Glasgow Airport which breaks existing agreements we have with the company.”

Glasgow Airport is owned and operated by AGS Airports. A spokesman for the airport said it was disappointed by the decision.

“We have made a pay offer that is entirely fair and reasonable against a backdrop of declining passenger numbers.

“The consultation on proposals to close our final salary (defined benefit) pension scheme is still ongoing, however, with employer contributions anticipated to rise significantly above the current level of 19.8% it is simply no longer affordable or sustainable.”

The spokesman also added that suggestions the airport authorities have broken any agreements with Unite on the pension arrangement is ‘simply incorrect’.