Union anger at airport job cuts report

The
T&G union claims it has received a report that recommends cutting 30 per
cent of Manchester Airport’s labour costs.

Dave
McCall, the T&G regional secretary, whose members have agreed to defer
their annual 2.5 per cent pay rise in response to the events of 11 September,
said the union has written to the airport’s chief executive Geoff Muirhead for
a meeting to discuss the report.

"This
is nothing short of a scandal. The trade union’s members decided that they
would defer their annual pay rise of 2.5 per cent for up to one year to deal
with the unknown damage factors.

"However,
before we have been able to progress this unprecedented offer, we have been
handed this report which leaves absolutely no doubt that while airport
employees have been doing all in their power to secure its future, the senior
managers and local authorities have been planning to strip the assets of this
publicly owned corporation."

A
spokesperson for Manchester Airport said, "The report is a shareholder
review of the business and how to improve the service, it is work in progress
and nothing has been decided."

By Paul Nelson

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