There is a big question mark over the future of Manston Airport in Kent, following talks with management today (Wednesday 26 March), Unite, the country’s largest union, said.
Unite said that the company had not had any firm offers to buy the airport and the 45 day consultation period over the future of the 140-strong workforce has now begun.
Unite, which has 40 members at Manston, said that it hoped to be investigating possible job vacancies at other airports in the south east, including at Gatwick and Southampton, in the days ahead.
Unite regional officer Ian McCoulough said: “Following talks today, the management said that it had not had any firm bids to buy the airport and the consultation period over redundancies started today.
“There is a big question now over the future of the airport and if no buyer is found it could close in mid-May. This is bad news for the workers and also the local economy.
“Unite will be investigating possible job opportunities for our members at other south east airports in the days and weeks ahead. We will do our best to find them alternative suitable employment.”
Unite is due to have two further rounds of talks with management – on Wednesday 2 April and Thursday 10 April.
The airport was bought by Ann Gloag, who co-founded the Stagecoach Group, for £1 in October last year. The origins of the airport stretch back to the first world war and during the second world war, Manston was heavily bombed during the Battle of Britain.
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.