Aberdeen and Glasgow airport workers reject pay offer

image credit: Aberdeen airport

Unite, Scotland’s leading aviation trade union, confirmed today (Thursday 6 June) that around 300 ICTS Central Search members based at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have rejected a pay offer from the company.

The ICTS Central Search workers at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports emphatically rejected a basic pay increase of four per cent backdated to January 2024, and a £500 one-off payment.

Unite has confirmed that it now has “no option” but to move towards initiating industrial action ballots ahead of the summer holiday rush.

Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary, said: “Workers at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports have emphatically rejected ICTS’ miserable pay offer.

“The company is extremely profitable, and it can easily afford to make a far better offer to our members.

“Unite will fully back our ICTS Central Search members in their fight for better jobs, pay and conditions.”

ICTS Central Search employ around 220 workers at Glasgow airport and around 100 workers at Aberdeen airport.

The workers deal with passengers directly in the security search areas and process them for flights. The workers also cover mobile patrols, control access posts, screen all deliveries and deal with emergency services.

Last week, Unite warned of potential security risks at Glasgow airport involving ICTS Central Search workers due to understaffing and security staff being denied contractual breaks.

The union is reporting growing incidents of fatigue, exhaustion, and stress due to staff working beyond six hours with no break.

This constitutes a contractual breach, and a breach of the Working Time Regulations.

Pat McIlvogue, Unite’s lead industrial officer for the aviation sector in Scotland, said: “ICTS Central Search workers undertake safety and security critical tasks at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports. They deserve to be treated with respect.”

“There should be a pay offer on the table which reflects the importance of their jobs. Without these workers the airports simply can’t operate.

“We now have no option but to move towards balloting around 300 members for industrial action ahead of the summer holiday rush.”