Unite the union today (23 April) confirmed that its membership at Aberdeen Airport have voted for strike action over a pay claim for 2019, and following proposals to close the final salary pension scheme. Unite members supported strike action by 88.3 per cent on a 79.5 per cent turnout. The airport is part of AGS Airports Limited group, which also owns Glasgow and Southampton airports, with all three airports being subject to the pension proposal.

In January 2019 Aberdeen airport issued a 60-day consultation on closing the defined benefit pension scheme which broke an Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) agreement made in 2016 to keep the scheme open to existing members. Progress has been made through the auspices of Acas with AGS Airports tabling a pay offer of 3.0 per cent for Aberdeen International and Glasgow airports. No agreement has been reached on the proposals regarding the pension scheme with the consultation, which was originally scheduled to close on 14 April, now extended to accommodate further discussions.

Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “After this resounding result in favour of strike action at Aberdeen airport, AGS should be left in no doubt about the strength of feeling among Unite members. We recognise the movement on pay by AGS, but the sticking point remains the attack on our members’ pension scheme. Talks through Acas are ongoing and Unite, once again, encourages the company to use this period constructively to find an agreeable resolution to this dispute. But, if the company don’t, then they know that our members are prepared to fight to protect their hard earned pensions through strike action or action short of strike during the busy holiday season.”

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For more information contact Shauna Wright on 07850644809.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country's biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.