AIRPORT workers who aid passengers with mobility challenges are expected to go on strike during the busy summer season. 

Unite has confirmed today (June 22) that a key group of workers based at Glasgow Airport have voted to take strike action next month during the school summer holidays in a dispute over pay. 

OCS Group UK Limited employees help passengers with reduced mobility issues, including assisting passengers with wheelchairs and ambilift vehicles for travellers. 

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Around 70 members of the union who are employed by the company voted by 95% in favour of taking strike action on a 91% turnout.

It comes after members had previously rejected a "poverty pay" offer, which would have taken basic pay to £10.90 per hour, by 96%.

The first 24-hour strike action will begin at 4am on July 6 and end at 3.59am on July 7. 

A further stoppage will take place from 4am on July 11 until 3.59am on July 12. 

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Sharon Graham, Unite general secretary,  said: "Unite’s OCS members are rightly taking a stand against what we have already described as a poverty pay offer.

"Unite will always challenge this. The emphatic mandate in support of strike action should send a clear message to OCS - it’s time they put an increased offer on the table in new negotiations.

"Unite will always stand up for our members fighting for better pay, terms and conditions."

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Pat McIlvogue, Unite industrial officer, added: "The OCS Group have point blank refused to make our members a reasonable offer or to in fact increase their original offer of £10.90 an hour.

"Unite has repeatedly asked for meetings with the company to discuss the pay dispute because what’s currently on the table is totally unacceptable to our members. 

"It's very disappointing that strike action will now take place in July when we have settled a number of good wage deals through negotiation with other companies based at Glasgow Airport.

"Our members have been left with no choice but to take this step. It will undoubtedly hit the summer schedule at Glasgow Airport and the blame for any disruption will be entirely the company’s."

A Glasgow Airport spokesperson said: "Discussions between special assistance service provider OCS and Unite are ongoing.

"We are speaking with OCS to ensure contingency plans are in place so that those passengers who require additional support are not affected by any proposed industrial action."

OCS Group UK Ltd has been contacted for comment.