Strike action imminent in aviation security

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Aviation security workers could be forced to take industrial action next month – as their employers try to claw back working conditions.

Union members have rejected a second offer from the Aviation Security Service, which would see their allowances slashed – at a time when staff are being stretched to the limit.

Members at Auckland Airport say they’re processing 10 to 15 per cent more passengers each year, without any increase in resources.

Some staff have said they’ve been asked to give up rest breaks and change leave arrangements because the workload is so heavy.

The Public Service Association is one of three unions representing aviation security staff.

“Our members do a crucial job in keeping New Zealand’s skies safe,” says Glenn Barclay, National Secretary of the Public Service Association.

“Union members voted in favour of strike action in December but decided to call it off, because it would cause massive delays for the public during the holiday season.

“Our members are not asking for much: a modest pay increase and to keep the work conditions that are in their current collective agreement.

“If the Aviation Security Service doesn’t agree to return to negotiations, unions may be left with no alternative but to take strike action.

“We’re well aware of the disruption it could cause, and we wouldn’t take this action lightly.

“But our members are over-worked and stressed out – and it’s time the Aviation Security Service treated them fairly.”