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STRIKE ACTION AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT - STATEMENTS FROM COUNCIL AND UNION

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The Transport and General Workers' Union has announced that strike action ...
The Transport and General Workers' Union has announced that strike action

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

'an alarming development' and far worse than the 200 originally talked about

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.

Notes

Manchester Airport Dispute

The facts

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

security.

10. 1,100 airport staff will be taking strike action, from the beginning

of February:

* 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.'

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