Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Airport strike called off after last-minute deal

A last-minute deal between Swissport and representatives for ground staff at Belfast City Airport has seen a strike called off.

Union Unite, which represents around 100 workers at the airport, said it had agreed to suspend Monday's strike action at the airport for two weeks pending the outcome of a review.

Speaking after the agreement was reached with Swissport management, Unite's regional industrial officer George Brash said for the first time "real progress" had been made, and "it is clear that management now recognise the determination of their workforce to defend their trade union and their workplace representative who was dismissed by management last month".

Following the negotiations, a spokesperson for Swissport said: "Swissport are able to confirm that following extensive talks held this morning with representatives of the Unite Union, the proposed industrial action at Belfast City Airport has been suspended pending further discussions."

Unite has said the decision to take strike action arose after a decision by Swissport to dismiss a union representative.

Swissport provide front-desk and back of house services for the majority of airlines based out of Belfast City Airport.

The strike had been scheduled to take place from 2.15pm to 4.15pm on Monday afternoon.

Prior to a decision being reached, Unite regional industrial officer George Brash said: "Over past weeks, Unite has repeatedly called on Swissport management to take seriously the concerns of their workers in Belfast City Airport over the dismissal of a leading union rep.

"[On Sunday], the day before scheduled strike action, management has emailed me to request last ditch talks to avert the likely disruption that would be associated with our members’ planned stoppages.

Swissport operates in 48 countries internationally and has a workforce of around 61,000.

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