AIR TRAFFIC control staff in Manchester took their concerns over the threatened privatisation of the service to the public on Saturday of last week. Half a dozen members of the IPMS union, which organises air traffic controllers, leafleted shoppers in the Arndale centre and got a tremendous response.
The government has refused to rule out selling off air traffic control despite its pledge while in opposition to keep it public and despite the Paddington rail disaster, which was caused by privatisation. IPMS union members were planning to leaflet outside cinemas in major cities this weekend as the film Pushing Tin, which deals with air traffic control, goes on general release. The union is set to escalate its campaign if the privatisation is included in the government's plans for the coming parliament, set out on 17 November.