Liverpool Airport Strike Information
22 August – Update – Strikes at Liverpool John Lennon Airport over the August bank holiday Suspended
A planned strike that looked set to cause chaos over the bank holiday weekend is set to be suspended.
Around 200 workers were due to walk out on what is the airport’s busiest weekend in a row over pay and safety issues.
The dispute centres on baggage handling and airport workers for Swissport, who are represented by the GMB union.
But just two days before the strike was set to begin the union has announced it will be called off.
Union spokesman told the ECHO today that after two days of negotiations with Swissport’s labour relations chief Mick Whiteley, GMB representatives will meet with two sets of affected workers tomorrow to recommend that the strike action planned for this weekend is suspended.
17th August – Liverpool Airport reassures passengers in response to fuel strike threat
Liverpool Airport says contingencies will be in place after a union threat that potential industrial action by fuel tanker drivers could hit airports and petrol stations.
Unite says the workers are employed on the Flexi-Fleet Petrolog contract and undertake deliveries to Euro Garages and Exxon Esso forecourts, as well as Liverpool John Lennon airport on behalf of World Fuels Services.
But Liverpool Airport says should any action take place then plans will be put in place to ensure it won’t hit flights.
A spokesman for the airport said: “Colleagues have spoken to the company who supply fuel for the commercial airlines using the airport who confirm that to date, no strike action has been announced, however should this go ahead contingencies will be made to ensure fuel supplies remain in place and that it will be business as usual.”
8th August – Around 200 workers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport are to stage a strike over the August bank holiday weekend.
Members of the GMB trade union on Swissport EasyJet and Swissport Mainline contracts voted in favour of the walkout over health and safety issues, pay and working practices.
The GMB Organiser said they took the decision “with a heavy heart” as they don’t want to make trouble for holiday makers, but “the health and safety of workers and travelers must come first”
Swissport have proposed a new offer, which will now be put to members.
In a statement the company said “We are aware that GMB has named three dates for potential industrial action. It’s important to note that the strike ballot was conducted on the basis of a previous offer and we are now in the final stages of proposing a revised offer for consideration.
“Negotiations are ongoing and we remain hopeful of reaching a resolution. Swissport remain committed to resolving this matter to protect the interests of our customers, airline passengers and employees.”
Story courtesy of ITV news