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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 September 2018

Safety-critical airport workers continue strike

GMB union members on strike at Liverpool airport, September 2018, photo Hugh Caffrey

GMB union members on strike at Liverpool airport, September 2018, photo Hugh Caffrey   (Click to enlarge)

Hugh Caffrey, North West Socialist Party

Safety-critical workers at Liverpool's John Lennon Airport are continuing their strike action against the real-terms pay cut their employer is trying to force on them. Aviation rescue and fire-fighting; the control room; engineering; and driver operations and airport bird control - these are the kinds of jobs done by these workers, who most people would see as incredibly valuable.

But Liverpool Airport Limited - and, we understand, particularly its new chief executive - seem to want a fight with the workers and say that any pay rise above their offer of 2.2% and a one-off 150 payment would break the budget.

The next strike is 26 September and we urge readers of the Socialist to visit the picket line near the main entrance to the airport.

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