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Travel chaos forecast for Bank Holiday weekend

Fri, 09 Aug 2019

People travelling from the island to Liverpool's John Lennon airport over the Bank Holiday weekend will face chaos after GMB members voted to strike.

Around 200 workers on the Swissport EasyJet and Swissport Mainline contracts voted overwhelmingly for industrial action over health and safety issues, working practices, pay and the company's breach of the recognition agreement.

The strikes will take place as follows:

•        Thursday 22nd August

•        Saturday 24th August

•        Thursday 29th August

Further dates are expected to follow, and workers will be under a continuous overtime ban.

Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said:

"Our members have voted to take strike action with a heavy heart – the last thing they want to do is stay off work – or make trouble for people going on their holidays.

"But these are serious issues and they've been backed into a corner by the attitude of airport management.

"The health and safety of workers and travelers must come first – not to mention the pay issues and the the company's breach of the recognition agreement.

"In fairness to the company, they have just proposed a last minute new offer which we will now put to our members."



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