Updated response to Unite’s notice of industrial action
A spokesperson for AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen International and Glasgow airports in Scotland, said: “We are extremely disappointed that Unite has served notice for a further date of industrial action, but would like to take this opportunity to reassure our passengers that robust contingency plans will be in place to ensure Aberdeen International Airport is fully operational on Friday 7th and Monday 10th of June.
“We have been in talks since January and, despite attending Acas, there continues to be no willingness whatsoever on the part of Unite to engage in any constructive dialogue. We made a significant improvement on our initial pay offer which was increased from 1.8% to 3% in line with demands. This was rejected by Unite without any further consultation with members and the union continues to deny them the right to make a decision on the offer of 3%.
“In regards to our final salary pension scheme, it is simply unaffordable with the cost to the company due to rise to 24.7% per employee. We tabled a generous compensation package for the remaining members, which again was rejected by Unite without first consulting its members.
“As always, we remain open to continuing dialogue with Unite to resolve this dispute.”