Easter strikes hit Manchester Airport

Today’s
negotiations between the Transport and General Workers’ Union and the airport
senior management concluded without resolution and a four-day strike over the easter
period will go ahead.

The
dispute centres on the on rates of pay and rosters for security staff.

Speaking
at the end of the talks, T&G regional secretary, Dave McCall said: "No
settlement has been agreed so the planned four-day strike will go ahead and we
apologise in advance for the inevitable delays that the travelling public will
experience. However, the future of an effective, properly trained, valued and
rewarded security service remains the issue."

“We
reject and continue to reject attempts by Manchester Airport to have a
cut-price service based on burger-bar rates of pay.”

Manchester
Airport’s security personnel adviser Chris Burgess said union proposals were
highly productive.

“The
union negotiating team is doing its best to resolve this dispute and we have
put forward what we believe to be a comprehensive set of proposals to that end.
It is up to the airport to respond in a similarly positive manner."

Manchester
Airport management said services would not be affected by the strikes.

By Quentin Reade

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