Airport workers to hold strike ballot over pension cuts

Glasgow Airport sees nine million passengers travel through in 12 months. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA.

Glasgow Airport sees nine million passengers travel through in 12 months. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA.

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Scottish airport workers are to hold a strike action ballot over changes to their pensions.

Scotland’s biggest union Unite said it would ballot about 480 workers at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports for strike action, after 98 per cent of workers rejected proposed changes to the pensions’ schemes operated by the airports’ owner, AGS.

Possible industrial action could disrupt holiday flights over the summer, resulting in unnecessary loss of revenue as Glasgow airport celebrates its 50th anniversary.

AGS Airports is a partnership between Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).

Unite held a consultative ballot last month with members, following AGS proposals to make what the union maintain are significant and detrimental changes to the pensions’ schemes.

The ballot, for strike action and industrial action short of a strike, will close on Wednesday 13 July. The jobs covered at the two airports include security and airfield operations, airside services, firefighters, operations officer and passenger service agent.

Unite tabled a counter proposal to AGS management that maintained a defined benefit scheme, but reduced the employer’s contribution from 44 per cent to 20-21 per cent.

The Unite proposal would have meant a yearly saving over £3.5 million but the proposal was rejected by AGS.