will take place next week at Manchester Airport. The union has also revealed
that cuts to safety and security costs at Manchester Airport could now mean
the loss of 590 jobs. The T&G regional secretary Dave McCall said this was
by the airport management. The new and higher figure is accounted for by the
airport making it clear that if the current safety and security staff do not
accept new and lower pay, terms and conditions, they face the sack.
Mr McCall continued:
'Savage cuts to safety and security, which have the implicit support of
Labour councillors on the Manchester Airport board, pose a real threat to
passenger and staff safety in the future at the airport, in our view. The
failure of the company to enter into meaningful discussions about the
implications of their actions is alarming and has led to this situation.
'Passenger numbers have increased by 26.3% over the last five years but it
now seems that future growth is to be achieved by cutting safety and
security costs. That strategy means the T&G is left with no alternative
except strike action, both to fight on behalf of our members at Manchester
Airport, as well as to protect the safety of the travelling public.'
Strike action will therefore take place on the following dates and times:
* one-hour stoppage from 06.00-07.00 on Monday 4 February
* one-hour stoppage from 07.00-08.00 on Thursday 7 February
* one-hour stoppage from 05.00-06.00 on Saturday 9 February
* one-hour stoppage from 06.00-07.00 on Monday 11 February
* two-hour stoppage from 12.00-14.00 on Thursday 14 February
* one-hour stoppage from 05.00-06.00 on Saturday 16 February
and every Monday, Thursday and Saturday thereafter, until the company
reaches an acceptable agreement.
Manchester Airport Dispute
1. The airport made£53m clear profit last year.
2. They now plan to further increase those profits - incredibly, by
making cuts in the Security Section, and elsewhere.
3. This is despite the genuine fears of the travelling public about
security in the aftermath of Sept 11th.
4. At the same time, the chief executive has just had a pay rise of
£90,000 up to£260,000 per year.
5. The managing director for the airport's services division, David
Teale, has had a pay rise of£50,000 up to£160,000.
6. Security boss, John Donnison, has had a pay rise of£40,000 up to
£74,000 per year.
7. Eight more directors and managers received pay rises in excess of
£30,000 a year.
8. The cuts in security, proposed by this same team, mean that 590
security workers have been told.
* to take a pay cut of 40% or be sacked
* to increase their working week from 38 to 42 hours
* to reduce their holidays from 27 days to 20 days per year
9. Sacked workers will be replaced by staff inexperienced in aviation
10. 1,100 airport staff will be taking strike action, from the beginning
* to save the jobs, terms and conditions of our members
* to protect the safety of passengers
A statement from Manchester City Council follows:
Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese said:
'The shareholders in Manchester Airport Group have charged the company with
developing a long term business strategy that continues the objective of
contributing to the growth of the North West economy and at the same time
maximises the value of the company to its shareholders.
'The shareholders committee expects to have the proposed strategy before them for
consideration before the end of the financial year. The shareholders
committee have no role in the day-to-day management of the company.'