Manchester airport staff threaten strike action

Manchester airport travellers could see their holiday plans disrupted as security staff at the hub threaten strike action.

The workers are demanding better rosters and superior work-life balance.

Discussion continues to be underway, with trade union Union meeting to further debate the ongoing problems.

Unite says that airport security staff are deeply unhappy with new rosters.

They claim the airport make staff work more days, including weekends.

The new roster affects 1,200 security workers, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Unite says staff are struggling to take breaks due to the pressure of the job and under-staffing, writes the local paper.

The union revealed earlier in July that a legal industrial ballot is being prepared.

If the security staff strike goes ahead, the travel plans of hundreds of passengers could be affected.

Lawrence Chapple-Gill, regional co-ordinating officer for Unite, told local media: “We are engrossed in talks with the company to try and make improvements to the rosters. No improvements have been made so far.

Manchester airport was asked by Unite to postpone the roster while discussions went ahead but Unite says this didn’t happen.

A spokesman from Manchester airport reportedly said that they review their rosters twice a year.

The spokesman added: “We continue to have productive dialogue with Unite in relation to our proposed Summer rosters, with both parties focussed on finding a resolution. To respect the ongoing process, we have agreed to provide no further comment at this stage.”

If the industrial action takes place it would be the first strike since 2002.

Last year government statistics showed that passengers at Manchester Airport were the ‘unhappiest in the country’ with their security experience.

In another blow for the northwest airport, it was shown to the be the worst hub in the UK for accessibility, according to a survey from the Civil Aviation Authority.

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