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Glasgow Airport ground services workers accept new payday, confirms Unite the Union

Ground service workers at Glasgow Airport have agreed to a new one-year pay deal, a union has said.

On Wednesday, Unite confirmed that up to 200 workers, including dispatchers, dispatchers, airside agents and controllers, have accepted an offer from Menzies Aviation, which will increase workers’ pay by up to 9.1% with effect retroactive to January of this year.

The agreement resolves a long-standing pay disparity between ground services staff employed by Menzies Aviation based at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

A lower threshold for access to premium overtime rates, increased entitlement to service-based leave and the reinstatement of a maximum of five days of additional leave for those with twenty-five years of service were also included in the agreement.

Unite has further confirmed that Menzies Aviation will explore the introduction of a UK-wide sick pay scheme in 2022.

Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “This deal is a testament to our brilliant representatives who have ensured that up to 200 Glasgow Airport workers have achieved better pay and conditions as a member of Unite.

“It demonstrates once again the determined work of this union to improve pay and conditions in British aviation.”

Pat McIlvogue, Unite’s industrial manager, added: “Hailed as the best in the industry, this agreement is a fantastic outcome that ensures members’ pay keeps pace with the cost of living and removes a historic wage disparity between workers in Glasgow and Edinburgh airports.

“The pay award sets a benchmark for Menzies Aviation across the UK.”

Menzies Aviation has been contacted for comment.