Strike at Belfast International Airport

Strike at Belfast International Airport

Swissport workers are to go on strike at Belfast International Airport.

The four-hour walkout will take place from 4am next Monday and follows a 94% vote for industrial action in a recent ballot conducted by Unison.Davy Thompson from the trade union accused management at Swissport of displaying a "staggering contempt" for the workforce."This action has been on the cards since the beginning of April when a service provision change was made for the Easyjet contract which resulted in members of Unite being TUPE transferred," he said.Swissport provide front desk and back of house services for airlines and operators including Easyjet, Thomas Cook, Thompsons + Jet2.— naomi mcmullan (@naomi_utv) September 1, 2014"Since that time, management has refused to recognise Unite in relation to the transferred workers - indeed, for an extended period, management refused to even meet the union at all."Mr Thompson said the workers are adopting a "graduated approach" to try and "minimise the impact on the travelling public" with the strike action.He went on: "We continue to hope that common sense will prevail and that management will enter into meaningful discussions on recognition."It remains up to management to take the steps necessary to avert industrial action."

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