Manchester Airport staff set to strike over bank holiday weekend

Up to 300 airport workers are likely to strike over the August bank holiday weekend, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Baggage handlers, refuelling staff and cleaners at Manchester Airport have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.

They were balloted by union Unite and voted in favour of strike action, which begins on Friday 28 August.

The staff, employed by firms Swissport, ASIG and Rentokil/Initial, are unhappy over plans to impose pay freezes by their employers.

Swissport workers are also striking over failure to introduce a pay deal agreed last year.

Lawrence Chapple-Gill, of Unite, said: “We’re not oblivious to what is going on in the world.

“Our intention is not to impact on travellers’ plans for going on holiday, but our members who were balloted for strike action are already low-paid and to be told you’re not getting anything extra this year is unacceptable.

“They feel their work is not recognised or appreciated, despite their loyalty and commitment.

“In Swissport’s case, they have reneged on a pay deal agreed last year.”

Unite will meet with both ASIG, which provides refuelling services for Shell at the airport, and Rentokil/Initial, which cleans the terminals, later this week.

But airport chiefs say because only 300 of the 20,000 workforce will strike they are well equipped to deal with the situation.

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