Cleaners call-off strike action at Manchester Airport ...

Cleaners call-off strike action at Manchester Airport following a festive pay boost

01 November 2017

Hundreds of cleaners at Manchester Airport have called-off industrial action having secured an extra £850 a year, plus double time for working over Christmas and the new year.

The deal ensures workers who were on the minimum wage will maintain a 50p differential even if a minimum wage increases next year. During the negotiations the company also committed to more pay talks in January 2018 and to explore the possibility of a night premium for the cleaners at the airport.

100 per cent of workers who took part in the ballot had voted for strike action back in September. The cleaners who are employed by Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services were due to begin strike action this Friday (3 November).

Unite regional officer Jimmy Carter said: “Cleaners at Manchester airport have called-off industrial action after negotiations delivered a much improved pay deal from Mitie. 

“The extra money will help workers with the basics like food, bills and rent plus there is a commitment for more pay talks in the new year. Keeping Britain’s third busiest airport clean is hard work and double pay for those working over Christmas and the New Year is an extra boost for the festive season.”

Mitie employs around 200 cleaners at the airport.


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  • 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.