The consultation period over the future of Manston Airport and its workforce has been extended, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today (Thursday 10 April).
Unite, which has 40 members at Manston, said that after talks with management this morning, the consultation period has been extended. The 45-day consultation period was due to end on 11 May, which would have meant that redundancies could have been announced from that date – but this will not now happen.
Unite regional officer Ian McCoulough said: “We had talks with the management today and it said that the consultation period was now extended until a final decision is made. This is to be welcomed.
“Unite would like Manston to continue as a viable airport, as we believe it is vital to the local economy in terms of employment and economic growth in Kent. We will do our utmost to achieve that goal.”
Ian McCoulough said that the company was still considering the two business plans that could secure the airport’s future that the workforce drew up.
Unite is due to meet the management again next Wednesday (16 April) and on Thursday 24 April.
The airport, which employs 140 people, 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.