Furious airport workers have organised an indefinite strike over fears that cost-cutting measures could force staff into redundancy. The strike, which involves over one hundred Servisair employees, is designed to disrupt Ryanair, FlyBe, and Dutch KLM flights at Liverpool John Lennon airport.
Despite assurances to the contrary, negotiations between Servisair and Britain’s General Union (GMB) collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, after the handling firm refused to acquiesce to GMB’s demands. Servisair has since declined to cooperate, leaving unhappy strikers out in the rain.
The union has lamented the turn of events: “GMB regret the inconvenience that the dispute will have on the travelling public.” Unfortunately, with no new talks scheduled, it may not be the last time that the union apologises to holidaymakers.
Bosses at John Lennon are adamant that airport operations will continue as normal. Replacement staff members, many of whom are already employed by Dublin and Stansted airports, were flown in over the weekend.
Passengers are being advised that many of the operators based at Liverpool Airport employ alternative handling companies, all of which remain unaffected by the strike. Budget airline, Ryanair, is relying on a ‘robust contingency’ to prevent inconvenience to its customers.
In similar news, Gatwick, Stansted, and Manchester airports are anticipating major disruption over the bank holiday weekend. Employees of Swissport, a Swiss handling firm, are demanding a 2.75% pay increase.
Following a weekend of awkward silences, Servisair and GMB have yet to agree on new terms. Officials at Liverpool Airport have asked travellers to arrive two hours before scheduled departure time.