Two further dates of industrial action at Aberdeen Airport will take place on 27th and 28th of June both from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m.
Aberdeen Airport is part of AGS Airports Limited group, which also owns Glasgow Airport where a series of industrial stoppages are taking pace over the coming days.
The dispute centres on a pay claim and AGS closing the defined benefit pension scheme. This broke an Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Agreement made in 2016 to keep the scheme open to existing members, despite Aberdeen Airport increasing after tax profits from £10.7 million in 2016 to £19.1 million in 2017.
Aberdeen Airport management yesterday ,12th of June made a revised pay off of 3% for 2019, which is, according to UNITE the union, basically the same as the one tabled in negotiations through Acas in April. There is also no willingness from the employer to discuss the pension scheme.
Shauna Wright, Unite regional industrial officer, said:
“Unite members will now undertake two further days of industrial action at Aberdeen Airport following this latest pitiful attempt to divide and conquer by AGS. We want the public to understand that our members do not take this action lightly. But, AGS have repeatedly set preconditions to any negotiations by stating they will not reopen the consultation on the pension scheme, which breaks our Acas agreement with them.”
“Unite members remain strong and resolute, and they are determined to stand united with their fellow members in Glasgow who are facing the same attack on their pay and pension scheme by AGS.
“For the record, Unite wants to reaffirm that we are always open to meaningful negotiations to seek a remedy to this dispute at any time, any place and under any auspices. The ball is in AGS’ court.”
I often find that the actions of some Unions go beyond the pail especially those who are Corbyn’s ‘Puppet Masters’ in promoting an extreme left agenda. However, in this case, we have a very profitable but greedy company set on enhancing shareholder’s dividends at the expense of their workers with whom they entered into an agreement on pensions in 2016. We have a tendency to always blame the Unions for industrial action but when profitable companies blatantly flout an agreement that they entered into then it’s time for these greedy profiteers to be called upon to justify their action and to recompense travelers, especially those heading for hospital appointments. So, let’s hear our Tory apologists speaking out against the action of AGS this time. Or are they worried that their dividends might be reduced by a few pence???