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Urgent warning as holidaymakers traveling from busy Scots airport face security chaos

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Urgent warning as holidaymakers traveling from busy Scots airport face security chaos

Holidaymakers traveling from a Scottish city are being warned they could face travel “chaos” this summer.

Around 250 security staff based at Glasgow Airport have voted by 94 per cent to reject a five per cent pay offer amid an ongoing dispute, according to Unite.

Unite has warned travelers could face "chaos" this summer

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Unite has warned travelers could face “chaos” this summer.Credit: Alamy

The ICTS Central Search workers deal with passengers directly in the security search area and process them for flights.

Staff also cover mobile patrols, control access posts, screen all deliveries and deal with emergency services at the airport.

Unite says five per cent equates to a “significant real terms pay cut” and claims it will have no option but to move towards an industrial ballot if the company does not significantly improve its pay offer.

Last summer, Unite secured an increase of up to 15 per cent from £10 to £11.50 per hour for the workers but ICTS is refusing to move on its “derisory” pay offer this year.

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Pat McIlvogue, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “Around 250 ICTS Central Search workers have emphatically rejected a derisory pay offer which represents a massive pay cut in real terms.

“Unless the company improves upon its current offer then Glasgow Airport faces a summer of travel chaos because it simply cannot operate safely and efficiently without these essential workers.

“We are encouraging ICTS to heed the warning before this dispute escalates potentially to strike action.”

An ICTS spokesperson said: “Constructive pay talks with our staff at Glasgow Airport are ongoing.

“Generous pay proposals have been tabled that would give staff increases of between 14.0% -26.2% over the past two years.

“We would like to reassure the traveling public that their safety is our priority and there will be no disruptions.”

We told how major airlines have issued an urgent warning to passengers flying from Scotland.

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Protests have erupted across the country as riot cops battled to restore order.

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