Unite in Airbus pay victory

Airbus dispute ends as Unite secures significantly improved pay offer

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Over 3,000 workers employed by Airbus at its factories in Broughton in North Wales and Filton in Gloucestershire have accepted an improved pay offer bringing a long-running dispute to a close.

The workers, who are members of Unite voted for industrial action in February but suspended planned strikes to consider an improved offer by Airbus.

The offer accepted by the workforce consists of an 8.6 per cent pay increase over 13 months in addition to a backdated 5.1 per cent lump sum payment. Workers will also have an additional day’s holiday in 2023 and in 2024.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “This win is further proof of Unite’s determination to drive up pay and conditions across the UK’s aerospace sector. Our members stood together and secured a significantly improved pay offer. Their decision to back strike action sent a strong message. Unite will always give its full support to our members as they seek to improve their jobs, pay and conditions.”

Unite national officer for aerospace Rhys McCarthy added, “This result is a huge vindication for Unite’s reps at both Broughton and Filton who have worked tirelessly with members throughout the dispute and without whose dedication this result would not have been possible.”

By Barckley Sumner

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