Liverpool Airport operated ‘as usual’ during strike

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (Image: ReptOn1x/CC BY-SA2.0)
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (Image: ReptOn1x/CC BY-SA2.0)

Liverpool Airport (LPL/EGGP) operated as usual during the strike by firefighters, bird control staff, engineers and drivers.

Around 80 members of staff that are members of the GMB Union staged a 36-hour walked out over pay.

The strike, which ended this morning, began on Thursday 23rd August and saw the GMB Union demanding a 3.6% pay rise for its members, not the 2% offered.

Just half (36) of those balloted (60) voted to strike.

No flights were affected during the industrial action which will also see another 12 hour walkout on the 3rd September.

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.”

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