Airport staff to cast strike vote over pay offer

by Alister POOLE on June 7, 2011

Airport security staff might go on strike over an ongoing pay dispute with their employer, Highland and Islands Airports Ltd.

In a press statement, Prospect Trade Union said that all of its 160 security staff across 10 airports, which includes Inverness, Dundee, and a string of islands, have been offered a poor 1% increase to an hourly rate of £6.85.

Next month’s Scottish Open near Inverness might be affected should workers vote in favour of industrial action. HIAL, owned by the state, says that is confident that operations will not be disrupted. Inglis Lyon, HIAL’S managing director, vowed that non-security staff might be trained to cover some work if required of them too.

Transport Scotland says that employment and pay are important matters that HIAL should deal with entirely and it is hoped that both sides will continue to negotiate. Widely anticipated both in Scotland and the golf world, the Barclays Scottish Open should take place between the 7th and 10th of July at Castle Stuart near Inverness.

In an interview today, Union spokesman Alan Denney told how action will take place from the 4th of July onwards, should it be voted in favour of. According to Denney, members have been denied any sick or shift payments, as well as overtime rates of pay.

He continued by stating his disbelief over the fact that the Scottish government actually supports living wages of £7.15 per hour, however it is content to allow staff of its own to work for much less without any of the basic working rights standard for workers both in the private and public sectors.

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