Unite, the country’s largest union, is seeking clarification about the future of Manston Airport in Kent, following today’s (Wednesday 19 March) announcement about its possible closure.
Unite regional officer Ian McCoulough said: “The news has just broken and I am seeking clarification from the management about the airport’s future. Until I have had that conversation, it would not be appropriate to comment at length.
“Unite is the major union at the airport and represents employees, such as the fire service and the baggage handlers. Unite will do everything possible to safeguard the interests of our members in the days and weeks ahead.
“Any loss of employment would be a hard blow for the local economy.”
A 45-day consultation period has now started. 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.