Pay award agreed for Loganair cabin crew at Glasgow transport hub

Glasgow Airport-based cabin crew have landed a pay deal worth up to £3000.

Loganair staff were handed a new 18-month deal following negotiations between the company – the UK’s largest regional airline – and union Unite.

It will come into play this month following the successful outcome of a ballot of Unite members with the domestic carrier, which has its main base at Glasgow Airport.

Around 120 workers will benefit from the package which sees them land a £700 one-off payment in April, along with a further minimum pay increase of £1000 from September.

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They will also be handed a further £1,000 increase in September 2023 in the package which will cumulatively secure an 11.2 per cent rise in basic pay.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham welcomed the increase, saying: “The pay agreement for Loganair cabin crew is an excellent result for our members, raising pay and bringing much-needed stability to their salaries.

“The Loganair deal is a brilliant example of Unite delivering for its members as we strive to improve the jobs, terms and conditions of our members based in airports across Scotland and the UK.”

Service-based pay increments will also resume after the pandemic, and earlier this month, Loganair also restored pension contributions for all employees to pre-pandemic levels.

As part of the new pay agreement, and in a ground-breaking move for the airline industry, the majority of variable pay for Loganair cabin crew will be consolidated into their basic salaries for the first time.

It will provide the airline’s cabin crew with greater certainty of income throughout the year, and support them in areas such as the ability to secure property mortgages or rentals based on demonstrable earnings.

Loganair, Chief Operations Officer Maurice Boyle said: “Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked to safeguard employment and ensure that our cabin crew are fairly rewarded for the excellent work that they do.

“We’re pleased to have successfully completed this pay agreement with Unite, which will provide immediate help with the cost of living together with further pay increases over the next 18 months. The innovative arrangement to incorporate the majority of variable pay into basic salaries is a further boost for our team.”

It comes after the pandemic and ensuing Coronavirus restrictions led to a tough time for the hard-hit tourism and aviation sectors.

Airport bosses say it will take until at least 2025 to see a full recovery from the fallout.

Pat McIlvogue, Unite industrial officer, added: “The aviation industry is now slowly recovering after being hit very hard during the Covid pandemic. We are delighted therefore to get this pay deal with Loganair over the line for cabin crew. The pay award ensures a substantial uplift in our members’ pay going forward, and helps to set a benchmark for the aviation industry in Scotland.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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