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Manchester airport

Issue No. 1796

BOSSES AT Manchester airport reneged on a promise to meet with workers' representatives last week. TGWU union officials had suspended planned strike action by the 350 security workers after management insisted they would not negotiate unless strikes were called off.

Yet bosses then called off the talks just one hour before they were due to take place. The workers have taken a series of strikes in their fight against attacks on wages and conditions.

A delegation of shop stewards visited factories in the Manchester area last week. They spoke to workers at the Chloride factories, whose 300-strong workforce is also in the TGWU. They agreed to send financial support, and to demand their TGWU union leaders raise national solidarity. The delegation also visited the Pilkington glass factory and the MEL engineering factory.

Send messages of support and donations to TGWU, Merchants Quay, Salford Quays, Salford. Fax 0161 872 6067.

A section of baggage handlers at Manchester airport struck for two hours on Saturday last week in a separate dispute.

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Sat 20 Apr 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1796
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