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Will John Lennon airport workers say hello or goodbye to strikes?

Issue No. 2165

Some 150 ServisAir workers at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport may stage a continuous strike from Thursday of this week.

The action by members of the GMB union was sparked by a row over compulsory redundancies and will affect flights by Ryanair, KLM, Wizzair, Flybe and Thomson.

ServisAir intends to force 51 staff to reapply for 27 jobs.

Terry Mellor, a senior organiser for the GMB, said, “GMB members are angry and have voted overwhelmingly to take action to get these compulsory redundancies withdrawn.

“All-out continuous strike action is planned to go ahead from 4am on Thursday 20 August.

“It will involve all GMB members employed as baggage handlers and other apron staff at the airport.”

The union said there was a “very high” turnout in the strike ballot and more than 90 percent voted in favour of the action.

Workers were considering a new offer as Socialist Worker went to press.

Around 300 baggage handlers, terminal cleaners and workers who refuel aircraft are considering a strike at Manchester Airport in a dispute over pay.

The Unite union is balloting the workers for strike action over the summer bank holiday weekend beginning on Friday 28 August.

The workers, who are mostly employed by Swissport, but include others at Rentokil/Initial and ASIG, are angry over plans to impose a pay freeze. They are demanding management honour a pay deal agreed in 2008.

Workers voted in favour of strike action last year over restructuring redundancies. But the strike was averted after eleventh-hour talks.

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Tue 18 Aug 2009, 17:47 BST
Issue No. 2165
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