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Security cutbacks at MAN

Old 8th Dec 2001, 18:26
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Red face Security cutbacks at MAN

According to the BBC, Manchester Airport is shedding up to 200 security jobs to cut costs.

Seems like a strange move in these times.
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Next week they will re-muster as wheel clampers in the staff car park in an effort to make some money for the airport bean counters.
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I can see the Ad's now

Fly from Liverpool the airport with security at any cost

How soon Bean Counters forget the last 3 months
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Well perhaps now you might be able to get to your aircraft if you've forgotten your day-glo yellow tabbard.
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Nice thought Hand Solobut wouldn't bank on it mate,wouldn't carry a leatherman on duty either.
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Airport manager has to make up his salery increase (remember, 90000 a year)
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Manchester Airport have obviously not learnt any lessons from 11 September.

Aviation Security in the U.S. was abysmal as stated in various official U.S.'s General Accounting Office Reports, this was caused by airlines and airports employing the lowest bidder to carry out the security work. These were companies such as ICTS, Huntleigh and Argenbright (owned by Securicor ADI who also operate at Manchester Airport). Argenbright were fined in the U.S. for employing staff with criminal records and only recently told to leave Boston Airport after more security failures. These companies employ people on low wages in the U.K. and U.S. (average $15000 p.a.in the U.S.).

In the U.S they were not trained properly and 90% of the workers had less than 6 months experience and because the wages were so low the average turnover of staff was 126%, at one airport it was 416%.

Since 11 September the U.S. Government have made real progress and have decided to Federalise Aviation Security. They have realised that private security firms cannot be trusted to do the job properly.

The 28,000 employees required, will be well educated, must pass a selection test, must be an American Citizen and will be paid between $30,000 - $35,000 p.a. (21,400 - 25,000 p.a.) This salary is required to retain staff, because in this business experience is vital.

Manchester Airport on the other hand is going in the opposite direction.

Cutting wages from an average of 22,000 to 12,600 p.a.
Cutting 200 staff by way of voluntary early retirement.
Replacing these people with new recruits (on low wages), who the majority will have no Aviation Security experience at all.
These people will be working on British Airways Terminal 3.
Working a 42 hour week instead of 38.
4 days less leave per year.
Single time for overtime worked.
Workings shifts 4.00am, 5.00am starts, nights and working nearly every weekend of the year, Christmas and New Year.
The Airport have scrapped the Selection Test (Involving Maths, English, Observation, and various spatial tests) and replaced it with several question at the interview stage.
Cutting sick entitlement from 6 months full pay to 3 months full pay.

All this because we have to compete with the lowest bidder just like it was in the U.S. !!

Manchester Airport introduced so called Market Related Pay (MRP) 3 years ago for new recruits in Security, they are currently on 13,999 p.a. and are leaving the company at a very high rate because they can find better paid work with more sociable hours and better career prospects elsewhere.

In June this year it was discovered that Geoff Muirhead (CEO) gave himself a nice 90,000 pay rise and all the other directors and top managers had substantial rises too.

these cuts by Manchester Airport will compromise security at the airport and put the flying public at risk.

Eventually all the experience staff will leave and you will be left with the low earners who only last a few months before leaving and finding better paid jobs elsewhere.

So Mr Teale remember 11 sept 2001 obviously not !!

"Pay Peanuts get monkeys"

Don't worry everyboby Mr Teale says it won't compromise security, get in the real world now Teale !!

[ 10 December 2001: Message edited by: airbuddie ]
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