CAA threatened with industrial action for first time ever

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By Linsey McNeill
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Civil Aviation Authority staff have voted in favour of industrial action over pay in the first ever ballot to have taken place at the organisation.

While 67% of those who voted in favour of a strike, 87% voted in favour of industrial action short of a strike.

The turnout was 65%.

Union Prospect said an internal survey had revealed that 42% of employees are considering leaving the organisation due to poor pay, excessive workload, lack of recognition and ‘not feeling valued by the organisation’.

The timing and nature of industrial action will be decided ‘in due course’, it added.

Prospect General Secretary Mike Clancy said: “More than a decade of real terms pay cuts have left our members at the CAA with no choice but to take industrial action.

“During the initial stages of the pandemic they did their part by taking a pay cut to enable their employer to continue to function. This show of good will has not been returned and inadequate pay levels are having a serious impact on recruitment and retention at the CAA.

“The employer can still avert this industrial action by coming back to the table with a meaningful offer that addresses the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. If they do not do so, then the CAA’s status as a world-class aviation regulator is at risk.”

CAA Interim Chief Executive Rob Bishton said: “It is disappointing that some members of the Prospect Union have voted in favour of industrial action. 

“We recognise the cost-of-living challenges that colleagues face, which is why we’ve already implemented a five percent pay rise, along with a further pay increase for many staff in October.  This increase also takes account of the interests of those who pay our charges and public sector pay policy.  

“With a modest proportion of the Civil Aviation Authority’s workforce who are members of Prospect, should there be any action by our colleagues, we do not anticipate any disruption to the aviation sector.  We continue to engage constructively with Prospect.”

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