Cardiff Airport security staff call for higher wages

Cardiff Airport Terminal (Image: Cardiff Airport)

According to the BBC, Cardiff Airport security staff have written to Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Debra Barber and Economy Secretary Ken Skates calling for higher wages.

Security staff claim that due to their responsibilities they should be paid more than the current statutory living wage of £7.50 (for over 25-year-olds).

First Minister Carwyn Jones is set to announce a new real living wage rate for Wales which will be £8.75. The Welsh Government, who bought Cardiff Airport in 2013, pays the real living wage to all its staff.

A spokesperson for Cardiff Airport told us “Cardiff International Airport Limited employees are all paid at rates that are above the National Living Wage and we are committed to working towards honouring the real Living Wage. Cardiff Airport is on a continuing journey of growth and improvement to deliver a sustainable national airport for Wales.”

Economy secretary Ken Skates said “The Welsh Government recognises the Living Wage as one of a range of positive actions to encourage prosperity for all and, as an accredited employer itself, has actively taken a role in leading and encouraging other employers in the public, third and private sectors to pay the living wage. 

“We understand that Cardiff Airport has made good progress in recent months in working towards honouring the real living wage and I have today written to the airport for further detail on the timescales for those plans.”

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