Manchester airport cleaners to take 24-hour strike tomorrow

Manchester airport cleaners to take 24-hour strike tomorrow

02 May 2013

Manchester Airport cleaning staff working for Mitie, one of the biggest cleaning companies in the UK, will take part in 24-hour strike action from tomorrow (Friday 3 May) over an attack on their terms and conditions.

The low-paid cleaners, responsible for cleaning Manchester Airport, are angry over the company’s plans to cut their hourly paid lunch break to a half an hour paid break – in real terms this equates to a £69.50 pay cut per month. Also, staff will lose the opportunity to earn £20.00 per month attendance bonus. 

Action by over 100 Unite members will commence from 06.00 on Friday 3 May until 06.00 on Saturday 4 May. Picket lines will be in place outside Terminals 1, 2 and 3 – Departures at Manchester Airport from 06.00 until 16.00 on Friday 3 May.

Ahead of tomorrow’s action Unite regional officer Dave Kennedy said: “Low-paid cleaners, who work so hard to keep Manchester Airport clean for the travelling public, certainly cannot afford to lose almost £70.00 a month. 

“Unite has remained committed to resolving this dispute, yet despite Acas’ involvement the company is still not willing to take the concerns of its loyal workforce seriously. Strike action is always a measure of last resort but our members have had enough - they are determined to stop this attack on their livelihoods.

“We urge the Mitie management team to get back around the negotiating table and discuss these proposals in a meaningful manner.”


For further information please contact Dave Kennedy on 07734 989 847 or Karen Viquerat, Unite communications officer on 0151 559 2003/07768 931 316.