Airport facing a shutdown if security staff vote to strike

irishdoorsupervisor

Longterm Registered User
The Courier - Dundee ... trike.html

One hundred and sixty staff at 10 Scottish airports run by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd are threatening industrial action in a dispute over pay.

The Prospect union has said action could take place in the week beginning July 4, the week the Scottish Open takes place at Castle Stuart Golf Links by Inverness.

The union claims an offer of a 1% increase on their current rates of as little as £6.85 an hour is "miserly." Security staff are also denied sick or shift payments, overtime rates, weekend premiums or pension membership — benefits that their colleagues all receive.

Alan Denney, Prospect national officer, said the ballot would be completed by late June. HIA airports at Inverness, Dundee, Stornoway and several islands would be affected.

Mr Denney said, "Security staff recognise that their industry is not well paid but they are tired of being singled out for inferior treatment by their employer.

"Security staff have to work alongside other HIA staff who as a matter of course enjoy a decent wage, all the benefits of a pension scheme and sick and shift pay."

He added, "It is incredible that the Scottish Government supports a living wage of £7.15 an hour but is content to allow many of its own staff to work for less without the basic working rights that are standard for any worker in the private or public sectors."

HIAL has also reportedly offered strike-breakers £150 to cross the picket line.

'Scandal'
Mr Denney said, "It is a scandal that a government company would stoop to the level of recruiting strike-breakers from other airports. But to pay them more than it pays its own staff is to add insult to injury.

"Obviously we regret any inconvenience to visitors to the Scottish Open but, after waiting almost 12 months for their 2010 increase, security staff can wait no longer."

Dundee Airport manager Derrick Lang said talks are ongoing but there are no plans to pay strike-breakers.

He said, "I can confirm that security staff at HIAL are still currently in talks with management in regards to public sector pay. Security staff at Dundee airport were awarded an increase of anywhere between 6.2 and 7.1% in October 2009; nine months later in July 2010 they were offered 1% on this, plus a further 9% on all weekend hours worked.

"The offer for the following year was a further 11.9% plus double time for all call-outs, totalling some 4000 hours across the company."

He added, "HIAL has received no formal notification from the unions with regards to timing of ballots or when potential strike action might go ahead, which is a legislative requirement.

"The trade unions are aware of the long-term aspirations of the company for our security staff and, given that, we're disappointed that industrial action is planned. There are no plans to use airport staff from any other airport.
 

Rhysevans86

Longterm Registered User
No wonder the pay is dropping. If they had any self respect for themselves they would go. And should.
 

irishdoorsupervisor

Longterm Registered User
In an Ideal world your comment does not work, people need to work to live my friend. Some of us do not have the choice just to walk away - Mortgages, rent, bills and children to look after you get the drift. It is these fatcats that need appreciate the job that we do in the security industry may that be Aviation, Door supervisor, guarding or Close protection it is them who need to sit up and take notice!
 

ed

Forum Supporter
to irish DS thats not quite right mate there are alot of jobs in security you cant always work local some times you have to work away its up the the person to better themselfs we have all done it over the years. if you want it get out there and get it cheers ED
 

Oddjob

New Member
The airport security role has increased beyond perception from 10 years ago.
responsibilities, demands and the sheer fear of getting it wrong, must all lay heavy on their shoulders.
The pay is criminal, under minimum wage, no rites, unlike a part time cleaner.
No benefits, yet this will be their main and in some cases only employment.
The day they get it wrong, they'll be hung out to dry.
As regards training or bettering yourself, how can you on this wage.
In a single generation and especially since Thatcher, we have given up every rite hard fought, starved and died for by generations before us. All for the money alone, no rites, no protection, and eventually no time.
The normal working man has lost his day of rest, his overtime rate, his holiday pay, his bank holidays and any compensation that should be his for working unusual and inconvenient hours.
the dangers increase, the protection and pay gets less.
The employers and executives are getting rich on peoples inability or unwillingness to challenge.
The conditions people are expected to work in or under, are less than many of the Victorian Mills.
Let them strike, let them show how vital they are.
maybe they'll get the respect they are due.

Next time you pass through an airport, look at the guy and consider he is working for less than the minimum wage.
Probably doing a second job, worried about meeting his bills, feeding his kids, a parking fine would amount to a day or twos wages and fcuk his finances for a month, his wife is moaning she never sees him and he's always tired, the poor fcukers depressed to beyond despair,
How confident of him doing a good job, do you feel now.
 

tissot1308

Full Registered User
security staff at hial should try working at my location , just over £6.50 ph. 15hr shift, no night allowance, flat rate on bank holidays, no breaks, no sick pay oh and you work every weekend. where other staff in the building get bank hoildays off paid, get breaks, full pay when sick and every weekend off. if we complain you are told you know where the door is use it. now is that fair
 

RomeoAlpha

Longterm Registered User
It gets worse when a airport pays a company maybe £20 per agent, per hour and the agent receives between maybe £6.50 - £7.15 per hour for between 8-12 hours work....
 

Jewell

Full Registered User
It gets worse when a airport pays a company maybe £20 per agent, per hour and the agent receives between maybe £6.50 - £7.15 per hour for between 8-12 hours work....

Thats a massive profit margin. When I was working for an Airport, the gap was around £4-6 per hour depending on what position.

For Example, agents were paid per hour £7.18 in London, yet we hired them out at £11.37, give or take a few pennies.
 

RomeoAlpha

Longterm Registered User
Thats a massive profit margin. When I was working for an Airport, the gap was around £4-6 per hour depending on what position.

For Example, agents were paid per hour £7.18 in London, yet we hired them out at £11.37, give or take a few pennies.

OH YEAH, MASSIVE, MASSIVE PROFIT, with unhappy staff I would imagine....Seems like we're seen as just a number and bugger everything else....
 

steolaird

New Member
Hi well here at stn baa are on 10 pound 80 plus time half and dubble time plus 30 poundcearly shift alowance they are ok better than eny one else
 
Top