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Unite prepares for strike action at Menzies World Cargo

Unite prepares for strike action at Menzies World Cargo

17 June 2013

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has warned of strike action at Menzies World Cargo after Heathrow based workers overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action in protest at a two year pay freeze.

Overall 89 per cent of the workers who took part in the ballots voted in favour of strike action. 

87 per cent of Unite members from the cargo section voted for strike action with a turnout of 76 per cent and 94 per cent of airside trucking workers have voted in favour of strike action with a 62 per cent turnout.

Talks to attempt to resolve the dispute at Acas broke down without agreement and the union is urging the company to return to negotiations. 

Menzies made £35.6 million in underlying operating profits in 2012 from its aviation division, which is up by 16 per cent on 2011. Menzies clients include Air India, China Airlines, Kuwait  Airways , Asiana, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, MEA, Egypt Air, Austrian Airlines, MNG, SAS, Thai Airways, TAP, Transero and Aegean.

Unite national officer Oliver Richardson said:  “Our door is always open but time is running out. Unless we get some movement in the next few days we will have no choice but to announce a strike date.  It is completely unreasonable for a successful company which is making significant profits to force its workers to take a two year pay freeze." 

The company has frozen pay for 2012 and 2013. 

ENDS 

Contact 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.