Manchester airport cleaners to strike again

Manchester airport cleaners to strike again

23 May 2013

Manchester Airport cleaning staff working for Mitie, one of the biggest cleaning companies in the UK, will embark on a second 24-hour strike tomorrow (Friday 24 May) over an attack on their terms and conditions including a pay cut of up to £90 a month.

Unite is warning that the pay cut could force the low paid workers into the clutches of payday lenders as many will struggle to afford the basics for their families if the company pushes ahead with its plans.

Mitie refuses to listen to Unite's reasonable demands to reverse its proposals to cut low paid cleaners' hourly paid lunch break to half an hour. This equates to a £69.50 pay cut per month. Plus, staff are losing the opportunity to earn a £20 per month attendance bonus.

The strike commences at 06:00 on Friday 24 May and concludes at 06:00 on Saturday 25 May 2013. Picket lines will be in place at Terminals 1, 2 and 3 outside Departures at Manchester Airport from 06.00 until 16.00 on Friday 24 May.

Ahead of tomorrow’s action, Unite regional officer Dave Kennedy said: "Mitie is refusing to listen to low-paid cleaners who can't afford to lose up to £90 a month. A pay cut of this magnitude could even force workers into the clutches of payday lenders in order to put food on the table.

"The staff work hard to keep Manchester Airport clean - the travelling public will not understand why this company is slashing their pay.

"Unite remains committed to resolving this dispute but we need the Mitie management team to get back around the negotiating table and discuss these proposals in a meaningful manner."

Talks were held on Monday (20 May) at Acas but the talks failed to resolve the dispute. 


For further information please contact Dave Kennedy on 07734 989 847 or Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.