Firefighters at Glasgow Airport, TGWU members, have been on indefinite strike action since 29 January. The strike is over BAA’s plans to remove the current fire fighting service in the “land side” areas of the operation. The TGWU say this will jeopardise safety at the airport.
BAA proposes to replace the current fire fighting teams with new “Fire Safety Teams” who will not be allowed under law, to engage in fire-fighting or rescue. There will no longer be fire-fighting capabilities on-site at the airports. They will rely on local authority fire-fighters to provide the service in the terminals and land side areas. Response times will change from two minutes to at least 14 minutes.
There are 59 firefighters at Glasgow and around 380 across BAA’s airports — Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton.