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Old 21st Feb 2002, 03:07
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Sphinx. you are correct, i'm not trying to justify anything. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
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Old 21st Feb 2002, 04:51
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Intimidating other workers to the point where they are afraid to come to work is what militant union members do during strike action. It's called bullying the majority into doing what the minority want. They may start out calling management bus drivers scabs but they soon get carried away and everyone is a scab.

It's why Thatcher got a lot of support for killing the unions during her dictatorship. I think she went too far, but this sort of action reminds me of the bad old days when unions ran the country.

On the other hand, because the bosses have awarded themselves a HUGE pay rise this year, the workers feel justifiably agrieved.

Having worked on most strike days, I have not seen very much disruption so perhaps the strikes are superfluous. Whatever happens, I don't believe the strikers are going to win.

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Old 21st Feb 2002, 17:03
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Sorry guys and girls will pass the word around and try to get the Union to change its tactics.

The strikers are very upset as you can imagine when the airport is proposing a pay cut of 40-50% it will cost me 8,500 per year and I have a 500 mortgage per month to pay a wife and 2 children, I will have no choice but to sell my house and go into rented accommodation, unlike the directors who have given themselves massive pay rises. David Teale 120,000 rising to 180,000 Geoff Muirhead 160,000 rising to 250,000 John Donnison 38,000 rising to 74,000.. .The airport made 53m profit last year and rising as are the passenger figures 4% up year on year. Manchester airport has come out very well since 11 sept.
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Old 21st Feb 2002, 19:18
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Sphinx. .Management's case is posted on the airport's website at <a href="http://www.manairport.co.uk," target="_blank">www.manairport.co.uk,</a> in among the press releases
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Old 22nd Feb 2002, 12:03
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Thanks russell_f

As an outsider it is very difficult to find the truth and work out who is right. I have no reason to doubt one2ones story; that's a very tough situation to be in and he has my sympathy, but how do you balance that against the management claim that the average security supervisor is on 21K. That seems a reasonable amount in comparison with other industries (some might claim it is very significantly better). I also suspect that in comparison to other industries that the management salary increases are not excessive, although as I said above the timing may not be great. There are clearly many individuals who are placed in great difficulty by these changes, but does this justify a strike and the disruption of a successful airport. I wonder how unemployed pilots with zero income feel. I support action when it is clearly justified, I'm just not sure I can see that the case is crystal clear here.
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Old 23rd Feb 2002, 01:50
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My Wife is Cabin Crew and I am flightdeck crew. Although the shouts of "Scab" and banging on the side of the bus do not effect me a sh**.

When my wife comes home and states she doesnt like being in the situation she was put into by people hurling abuse at the bus that takes her too and from work - I draw the line.

If the MAPLC employees are trying to lose support from the other "Elements" of manchester airport they are going the right way about it.

Although I see their reasoning for strike action when they start causing uneccessary worry to my family you lose my support. My suggestion is try other tactics guys before you lose support from the people who initially supported you!!!!!!

Go picket the offices of those concerned not the bloody bus full of non "associated" employees!!!

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Old 23rd Feb 2002, 12:15
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Unfortunately shouts of scab and intimidation of non associated workers just serves to reinforce my fears of the intelligence level of people employed in airport security.. .Until a proper salary is paid and relevant training given then the standard of people recruited will remain the same.
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