WORKERS AT Manchester airport were due to strike during Thursday's elections as part of their continued fight against the imposition of new contracts. These mean up to 40 percent pay cuts, longer hours, less holidays and more shift work for 350 security workers.
The workers, members of the TGWU union, were planning to lobby some of the Manchester Labour councillors who sit on the board that runs the airport. The airport workers are also talking about striking during the Commonwealth Games to draw international attention to their dispute. The union is also taking out four cases of sex discrimination against management, as the new rotas make it impossible for some women to keep their jobs and arrange childcare.