22/05/2002

Airport security workers sacked over strike action

According to security staff at Belfast International Airport nine workers have been sacked because they recently went on strike over pay and conditions.

Union representative Gordon Mc Neill said he was told that he and eight others had been sacked by aviation security employer ICTS because of what the company called “illegal” strike action at Aldergrove airport last week.

Over recent weeks there has been stoppages by workers at the airport over pay.

A bout of fresh talks over pay conditions involving security staff took place at the Labour Relations Agency last week in an effort to resolve the issue, but the strike was resumed on Tuesday May 14 following unsatisfactory negotiations.

Mr McNeill was one of 23 security workers who attended disciplinary hearings after they went on strike on Tuesday May 14. The workers were then suspended by ICTS.

Speaking on a radio programme Mr Mc Neill said he felt “victimised and singled out”.

He said: “Twenty-two officers were suspended when 42 officers took part in the strike. And around eight have now been sacked. We’re very keen to find out how these people have been sacked.”

(AMcE)

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