John Lennon Airport in Liverpool is anticipating a ‘travel chaos’ this summer as union strikes are set to go ahead, according to GMB.
The union stated: “Liverpool Airport Ltd has failed to meet the aspirations of the GMB members, who have rejected the company’s proposed below inflation pay offer of 2%
Bank holiday chaos looms at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport after GMB members voted to strike.
A total of 80 workers from aviation rescue and fire fighting services, the control room, engineering and driver operations and airport bird control will walk out during the bank holiday weekend.
The 36 hour strike will begin 7pm on Thursday August 23 and carry on until 7am Saturday August 25.
This will be followed by a further 12 hour of strike beginning at 7am on Monday September 3.
Further strike dates will follow. GMB members overwhelmingly voted for strike action – their first this century – after management offered a below inflation pay increase of 2%. This would mean a real terms pay cut for GMB members.
Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said:
“Liverpool Airport Ltd has failed to meet the aspirations of the GMB members, who have rejected the company’s proposed below inflation pay offer of 2%.
“We have informed the company strike action will not be suspended unless a 3.6% increase is offered.
“The company has allegedly employed outside third party companies to undertake the responsibilities presently undertaken by the aviation rescue and firefighting service and bird control personnel.
“GMB is currently unaware whether the outside agency workers have the necessary specialised skill set and personal fitness standards required to undertake these specialist roles.
“Whilst Liverpool Airport Ltd has financially invested in developing the airport over recent years, the same sadly cannot be said of their investment in their employees – who have had enough of being taken for granted by their employer.”