Over 40 Unite Reps and Activists from the NW Region gathered at a Conference on Manchester Airport on May 12th. The main aim and objective of the meeting was to establish greater links across the many Employers on the Airport, as well as identifying organising opportunities.
National CAT Officer Oliver Richardson presented an update on the many industrial issues that currently exist in the Sector, with other sessions covering the 100% Campaign, Equalities and Education.
NW Regional Officer Jimmy Carter reported on issues across the several Ground Handling Companies on Manchester Airport.
Reps were also updated on the ongoing Thomas Cook Airlines dispute, offering the Cabin Crew colleagues full support and all requires assistance. An industrial action ballot is currently underway, with the result due out just ahead of the late May Bank Holiday.
Erin van der Mass from the ITF delivered an informative and thought provoking presentation on Airport Organising from an international perspective, with countless examples of how workers' job security, pay, terms and conditions are negatively impacted by the constant "race to the bottom". In turn, this leads to safety concerns at our Airports, a message the ITF intend to take forward in the coming months.
NW RCO Lawrence Chapple-Gill said "Our aim here in the NW is to link up all of the good work our Reps and Organisers are already doing with the resources and assistance available from the ITF. By working together, on the issues that affect all workers across Aviation in the NW, we will have the best possible chance of achieving our industrial and organising priorities".
More Airport Combines are to be arranged in the NW so that today's liaison and communication becomes a regular thing.