GMB begins series of strikes at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport over job losses


GMB members at John Lennon Airport are on Wednesday to begin a series of strikes over job losses.

The workers, employed as ground staff by Servisair at the Liverpool airport, voted by an overwhelming majority for strike action and for action short of a strike. The company deals with Ryanair, Easyjet, KLM, FlyBe and Hungarian airline WizzAir.

GMB organiser Eddie Parker said: “Our members have voted by 85% in favour of action up to and including strike action and by 95% in favour of action short of a strike. Servisair initially put 75 jobs at risk from redundancy.

“Given the level of unemployment on Merseyside and given that Servisair is making a profit compulsory redundancies are not acceptable. GMB regret the disruption that will arise to the travelling public but the blame has to fall squarely on Servisair.

“After several weeks of discussion in an attempt to prevent any compulsory redundancies the figures are now 34 Apron/Ramp jobs, 1 supervisor, 6 ops assistants and 6 lead agents PSA jobs at risk.

“Throughout these discussions GMB has requested financial information from Servisair to allow GMB the opportunity to have meaningful discussions on how a resolution can be achieved.  Servisair have failed to provide this information. Servisair says that at Liverpool John Lennon Airport they are making a profit at this time. They claim that the job losses are being made to make sure they continue to make money into the future.

“GMB members consider that the real reasons for the job losses are three fold; bigger profits, the removal of full time employment to be replaced by part time working and to introduce flexible working.

“GMB has told Servisair that members will undertake upskilling at no cost to the company to save jobs if they remove the compulsory proposal. Servisair have rejected this proposal and issued redundancy to GMB members. GMB remain available for talks to avoid this dispute and avoid disrupting the travelling public.”

* The strikes will take place on Wednesday 5 to 7am and from 7 to 9pm. On Friday there will be a further two periods of strike action from 5 to 7am and from 7.15 to 9.15pm. On Sunday 27th November there will be one period of strike action from 4 to 6pm. On Monday 28rd November there will be two periods of strike action from 5 to 7am and from 7 to 9pm. This pattern of strike will be repeated in the second and further weeks from Wednesday November 30th. Also from Wednesday 23rd November there will be a continuous overtime ban.

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