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In recent months, Management at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have been in talks with Airport Company employees who are members of the GMB Union regarding the 2018/19 pay award.

The Airport Company recently made an improved final offer of 2.2% backdated to 1st April 2018, plus a £150 one-off payment, equivalent to an average pay award of 2.7%. This is an increase of 0.7% on the Company’s original offer and above the current Consumer Price Inflation rate of 2.5%. However, the GMB have today informed the Airport that their members have voted to reject this improved offer and will continue with their industrial action.

To date, two strike periods have already taken place totalling 48 hours of industrial action including over the busy Bank Holiday weekend. However robust contingency plans put in place by the Airport Company have ensured that passengers have continued to receive excellent customer service throughout as usual. There have been no delays to any flights or disruption to passengers as a consequence of this industrial action, with the number of flights departing on time actually higher than our normal best in class performance for flight punctuality, as previously recognised by OAG.

These plans will remain in place during any future strikes to ensure that it remains business as usual throughout all further industrial action too.

The Airport Company is again very disappointed with the result of this latest ballot and continues to believe this pay offer compares favourably with pay increases seen by many other large private and public sector organisations across the region. The Company hopes that GMB members will recognise that the offer put forward represents a fair and reasonable pay increase in the current climate.

This industrial action involves employees working at the Airport in the Fire Service, Airfield Operations, Airport Operations Control and Car Parks.

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