Workers at Aberdeen International Airport today rejected the latest pay offer – paving the way for a 24-hour strike later this week.
Unite the union and Aberdeen airport held discussions yesterday and a 2.8% pay offer was offered. However, workers today rejected the latest pay deal.
The dispute involves around 170 workers at the airport, including workers in security and airfield operations, airside services, firefighters, operations officers and passenger service agents.
A series of 24-hour stoppages is now expected to take place on Friday, then Thursday August 2 and Friday August 17.
Unite regional co-ordinating officer Tommy Campbell said: “The latest pitiful effort by Aberdeen International Airport to end this dispute has been overwhelmingly rejected by Unite members.
“The management seem more intent on causing widespread disruption to their operations – and the public – on the basis of not being prepared to give our members the same pay award as the workforce at Glasgow International Airport, which is owned by the same parent company.
“The workers and the public at large will be baffled as to why airport management are refusing to pay an extra 0.2% to end this dispute today and in doing so will cause more financial harm and damage to their reputation.
“Unite remain open to further discussions with a view to resolving the dispute if the company start to behave responsibly, if they do not, then our members will have no option but to proceed with industrial action.”
A spokesman for Aberdeen International Airport said: “Talks with staff representatives concluded in a positive place on Monday following a much improved offer and we are extremely disappointed to have had our latest pay proposal rejected. We are in ongoing discussion with Unite and remain optimistic that we will resolve matters without any impact on operations at the airport.”