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Strikes averted as Edinburgh Airport pay deal reached

photo_camera A further pay deal has been reached by negotiation

The threat of industrial action is over as a pay deal has been negotiated for workers at Edinburgh

The union negotiated a pay increase of 6.8 per cent for around 275 workers employed by operator Edinburgh Airport Limited. The news comes three weeks after a separate deal was negotiated for those employed at the airport by Edinburgh Airport Services Ltd.

The pay increase is applicable from 1 January 2024 and this represents an 18.8 per cent increase in basic pay over the last two years.

Shift pay will also rise by 6.8 per cent and the overtime rate will increase for weekend work to double time from time and three quarters. There is also a commitment to review the working rotas in order to improve the work-life balance for the airport’s workers.

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Previously workers had to wait a period of five years to receive maximum sick pay protections at the company. Under the deal, it will be reduced to three years. After the three year period, all workers will receive three months on full pay, then three months on half pay in any one period of 12 months.

The Unite union represents the  majority of the 500 workers based at Edinburgh airport, which is controlled by Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).

Edinburgh airport workers deal with passengers directly in airport security, terminal operations, search areas and process them for flights. The workers set to receive the pay increase also screen all deliveries, and deal with airside support services.

Mary Alexander, Scottish deputy secretary of Unite, added: “Hundreds of workers will now benefit from a string of better terms and conditions to their contracts including shift pay, access to the sick pay scheme along with a commitment to review the working rotas.”

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