WORKERS AGAIN halted flights out of Manchester airport on Friday of last week when they began a 24-hour strike over pay and conditions. This was the latest in a series of strikes by 350 security workers at the airport against plans to introduce new security contracts that cut workers' wages and conditions.
Hundreds of workers piled into a mass meeting on Thursday of last week called by their TGWU union. Union officials told the workers that they had devised a plan to put to managers on Wednesday of this week. A vote to decide whether to escalate the industrial action has been postponed until after these negotiations.
Some strikers are unsure of what further negotiation with the management will achieve, and are anxious to escalate the action to an all out strike. Others are concerned over management's threats that workers may be sacked. Strikers on last week's picket line spoke about their feelings of anger that the Labour government has put pressure on the union due to the upcoming local council elections.
Manchester airport is owned and controlled by ten local councils. The strikers were heartened to hear of the ballot result for strike action on First Group's buses in Manchester, and also of the strike on First North Western trains. Trade unionists should rush messages of support and donations to the strikers.
Send to TGWU, Merchants Quay, Salford Quay, Salford. Fax 0161 872 6067.