Strike at Belfast International Airport

Published Monday, 01 September 2014
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Swissport workers are to go on strike at Belfast International Airport.

Strike at Belfast International Airport
The strike will take place on 8 September. (© Pacemaker)

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.

"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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14 Comments
Joan in Co Down wrote (48 days ago):
peace in our time? Management refused to meet Unite Union. What do y posts criticise Unite or Unison Union's rights, when ballot was taken on matter,and they are left in limbo. Belfast International Airport's Management is at fault in not averting industrial action
Pádraig in Derry wrote (48 days ago):
I asked EasyJet if they plan to run their flights on time on Monday; I fly to Bristol each week. They were unhelpful and said refer to the flight tracker. People need to know the impact so that they can make plans. Pádraig.
darren in ballymena wrote (48 days ago):
just to let belfast central know we are not lazy union workers, shouldnt be spouting off about something he/she knows nothing about. we knock our pan in up at the airport in all weather to make sure the customer gets away on their flights on time. we are not striking for more money surprisingly, we are fighting for a better roster as the shifts are ridiculous and the men and women have had enough. p***ed off worker
Jim in NI wrote (49 days ago):
To those who may think just get on with it... Swissport took the ground handling contract from Menzies Aviation who had it for 8 years, had great staff and a dedicated workforce, who was overall treated well. Now Swissport stepped in and won the contract, handling for peanuts and making life as difficult as possible for staff to get them to leave so that the workforce will eventually all be on low pay contracts, work 10 days to get 2 off yet the last shift is a nightshift which ends at 7am on your first day off then back in at 4am in your first day back, work that out. Bring back Menzies before it's too late easyjet, belfast was the top performing station for years on end and in a few months they have ruined it.
grateful in airport wrote (49 days ago):
Read the story here people, these workers are not making demands...they just want to be recognised as a collective group! So those that say they should be greatful they have jobs should keep their opinions to themselves. Employers cannot exploit their workers and get away with it just because people should be greatful they have jobs.its time that all employers realised they have a basic duty of care towards their workers and cannot be allowed to treat them like cheap labour.
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