Scottish airport workers’ strike seeks to minimise holiday disruption

Scottish airport workers’ strike seeks to minimise holiday travel disruption

Prospect members working in airport group HIAL’s security company AMSL will not strike until after the Easter weekend in order to minimise holiday travel disruption, the union said today.



Airport security workers will instead strike for 48 hours from midday on Tuesday 7 April

Some 87% of members voted in favour of a strike on a turnout of 85%.

“The ballot result announced this afternoon shows a clear determination to secure fairness for AMSL workers,” declared Prospect national secretary Alan Denney.

“The company and Scottish government should be in no doubt that members have had enough.”

In the six years since HIAL brought security in house, management has failed to agree equal pay, holidays, and sick pay for AMSL’s airport security workers

Added Denney: “Our dispute is with HIAL and Scottish ministers, not passengers, so our representatives decided to avoid travel disruption over the Easter weekend.

“Therefore the strike will start at midday on Tuesday 7 April after the Easter rush has passed. This will be followed by a work to contract, including an overtime ban and a ban on rest day working,” said Denney.

The union will be writing to the company giving the required seven days’ notice of action.

Prospect stands ready to meet HIAL to negotiate a settlement. But an offer to meet this afternoon (Friday 27 March), in anticipation of the result, was rejected by the group’s managing director earlier in the week.

The union represents more than 120 of AMSL’s 160 workers covering eleven Scottish airports including Dundee, Inverness, Stornoway and Sumburgh.

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For further information contact:
Alan Denney
0131 558 5283 (w)
07713 511702 (m)
alan.denney@prospect.org.uk
 
Andrew Child
020 7902 6681 (w)
 
andrew.child@prospect.org.uk