Unite launches ‘Runway to Success’ for Scotland’s airport workers ahead of summer rush

Glasgow Prestwick Airport aerial shot

Unite the union has today (28 May) launched its ‘Runway to Success’ plan for Scotland’s airport workers in the post-Covid era.

The trade union represents thousands of aviation workers directly and in the wider supply chain at the nation’s major airports: Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Unite also represents hundreds of workers at the publicly owned Prestwick airport and the eleven airports across the Highlands and Islands Airport Limited (HIAL) Group: Barra, Benbecula, Campbeltown, Dundee, Inverness, Islay, Kirkwall, Stornoway, Sumburgh, Tiree and Wick.

‘Runway to Success’ focuses on improving the jobs, pay and conditions of all workers based at Scottish airports as part of a campaign to establish standards beyond the statutory minimum.

The principal aims of the campaign:

  1. Remove zero hours, non-guaranteed hours and minimum hours contracts across all Scottish airports
  2. Real Living Wage ‘plus’ as basic minimum hourly pay
  3. Improve hourly rosters to deliver a better work and life balance
  4. Extend trade union recognition and collective bargaining agreements with all companies based at Scottish airports
  5. Restore conditions removed during Covid and the outsourcing of employment including sick pay, holidays, and shift premiums

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite has launched Runway to Success to improve the jobs, pay and conditions of workers across all Scotland’s airports.”

“The campaign will ensure that workers receive better pay and conditions than legal minimums. Aviation workers deserve better and Unite will deliver it.

Companies that fail to support the campaign and seek to exploit workers by undercutting their pay will be held to account.”

Pat McIlvogue, Unite industrial officer said: “The Runway to Success plan is a further demonstration of Unite’s commitment to improving the working environment of Scotland’s aviation workforce.

“We are determined to establish a minimum set of standards no matter where you work, what job you do and who you work for”.