Edinburgh Airport: 'Summer of chaos' averted after union members vote to accept improved pay deal
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The Unite union said around 275 workers agreed to the settlement by 96 per cent, which will deliver a 12 per cent increase on basic salary and shift pay along with a one-off cash payment of £1,000. Last month the Unite members – who work in airport security, terminal operations, search areas and airside support services – backed strike action over pay by 85 per cent on a 75 per cent turnout.
Union leaders claimed the previous offer to Edinburgh staff was inferior to the settlement agreed for those at London’s Gatwick airport, run by the same company, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). The Gatwick pay deal gave workers there a 12 per cent increase and a £1500 one-off cash payment, while Edinburgh staff were being offered 11 per cent and a £1000 cost of living payment. Unite also announced recently that around 100 members based at Glasgow Airport Limited had secured an 11 per cent rise.
Following the vote to accept the latest pay offer, Unite industrial officer Carrie Binnie said: “Unite always wanted to resolve this dispute at Edinburgh Airport through negotiations but our members were prepared to take strike action in order to secure a better wage increase. A 12 per cent rise along with a £1,000 cash payment really is an excellent result, which will benefit hundreds of workers at the airport.”
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, welcomed the settlement. He said: "We are pleased that our significant offer has been accepted by unions. This is a substantial pay rise and we want to get payments to our team as quickly as possible. They make an essential contribution to the airport and we know this has been a concerning time for them, so we are glad to reach a conclusion that benefits them as well as our passengers who are looking forward to their hard-earned holidays.”