Birmingham Airport refuelers secure improved pay offer

All-out strike action by Birmingham Airport plane refuelers has been called off, following an improved pay offer.

Refuelling tanker drivers and operators rejected a 9% pay rise and voted to strike on August 15, which was set to cause considerable disruption and delays.

As workers, who refuel more than three-quarters of planes at the airport, prepared to begin strike action, Menzies made a revised offer of a 9% pay increase, a one-off payment of £750, making temporary staff permanent, and upgrading communications technology. The members were balloted on the offer and it was accepted.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members were able to secure an improved offer by standing firm, together.

“This deal proves that Unite’s laser like focus on the jobs, pay and conditions of its members is paying direct financial dividends for workers.”

Unite regional officer Sulinder Singh said: “From the very outset of this dispute Unite has been clear that Menzies could afford to make our members an improved offer and that has shown to be the case.”

Menzies and Birmingham Airport have been contacted for comment with no immediate reply.