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Strikes ‘inevitable’ as Glasgow and Aberdeen airports vote for walk-outs

photo_camera On pushback at Aberdeen (Photo: Alan Dron)

Around 300 ICTS central search members based at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have emphatically backed strike action in an escalating pay dispute.

Strike action was emphatically backed by 98.5 per cent at Glasgow airport involving around 200 ICTS workers. A ballot involving around 100 workers at Aberdeen airport returned a similar result with 89.7 per cent backing strike action.

Trade union Unite confirmed that unless there is ‘significant movement’ by ICTS in the coming days then strike action could start mid-July at the peak of the summer holiday rush.

READ: Glasgow and Aberdeen airport security staff being balloted for strike action

Pat McIlvogue, Unite’s lead industrial officer for aviation in Scotland, said: “Strike action is now inevitable because 300 ICTS workers at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have been left with no choice but to fight for what they deserve”.

“We are calling on AGS, the owner of the airports, to intervene in a final attempt to get ICTS to step back from the brink of a major dispute which will cause widespread disruption. Without these workers the airports simply can’t operate.”

For its part, ICTS believes a strike can be avoided. Earlier in June, a company spokesperson told Aviation Business News: “Constructive pay talks with our staff at Glasgow and Aberdeen airports are ongoing”.

“Generous pay proposals have been tabled that would give staff an increase as well as a lump sum payment. This is in addition to the 15-28% increases our staff have received over the last 2 years. We would like to reassure the travelling public that their security is our priority and there will be no disruptions”

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