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Strike Ballot At Norwich Airport

Friday, May 23, 2014

GMB Official Strike Ballot For Ground Staff At Norwich Airport In Dispute Over Pay After Members Reject 2% Offer

Members are fed up with below inflation rises over the last three or four years who currently earn well below £8 per hour and increase they seek will only put them on £7.98 per hour says GMB

GMB, the union for airport staff, is to conduct an official ballot of members employed at Norwich Airport by contractor Wilson James for industrial action after members rejected a 2% pay offer. The ballot result will be available by the middle of June.

In total there are 28 GMB members employed by “middleman” Wilson James They are ground staffs who deal with departures and arrivals, perimeter and airfield patrols and transporting passengers and ambi-lift driving transporting passengers with medical conditions/disabilities to and from the aircraft. Departures will include scanning passengers and luggage and personal searches etc.

Ivan Mercer GMB Regional Officer said “GMB submitted a claim for 4% on basic pay. We knew that Wilson James would inform us that they would need to speak to the client, Norwich City Airport.

GMB has complained at each previous negotiation that we are not happy with a third party dictating what the contractor can award their staff. We want to either negotiate with the client who refuses to talk to us or we expect that Wilson James to enter into unrestricted negotiations with us.

This year the same happened, they went to the client and came back with a 2% offer.  GMB conducted a ballot of members to either accept or reject the offer and proceed to an industrial action ballot.

All 28 members voted to reject the offer and to proceed to a ballot for industrial action. The Regional Committee has now given permission for an official strike ballot. GMB has issued a notice of the ballot to Wilson James.

Members are fed up with below inflation rises over the last three or four years. They currently earn well below £8 per hour a 4% increase will only put them on £7.98 per hour.

These are security officers that are essentially a first line of defence not just for Norfolk but the whole of GB. To think that this group of workers are worth less than £8 per hour is appalling.

The timescale of the ballot and for notice to the employer means that it is likely that action can be taken from 22nd June.”


Contact Ivan Mercer on 07713 077194 or 01603 626492/764530 or GMB Press office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

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