Manchester airport cleaners call off strike

Manchester airport cleaners call off strike

Hundreds of cleaners at Manchester airport have called-off a strike after securing an extra £850 a year, plus double time for working over Christmas and new year.

The deal ensures workers who were on the minimum wage of £7.50 an hour will maintain a 50p differential even if the minimum wage increases next year.

More pay talks are planned for in January and the possibility of a night premium for the cleaners at the airport will be considered.

All workers who took part in the ballot had voted for strike action in September.

The cleaners employed by Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services were due to begin strike action on Friday with further walkouts planned between December 18 and January 12.

Mitie employs around 200 cleaners at the airport.

Jimmy Carter, regional officer for the Unite union, said: “Cleaners at Manchester airport have called-off industrial action after negotiations delivered a much improved pay deal from Mitie.

“The extra money will help workers with the basics like food, bills and rent plus there is a commitment for more pay talks in the new year.

“Keeping Britain’s third busiest airport clean is hard work and double pay for those working over Christmas and the new year is an extra boost for the festive season.”

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