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Manchester Airport cleaners to stage strikes in pay row

Manchester Airport Photo: PA

Cleaners at Manchester Airport are to stage a series of strikes in a dispute over pay.

Members of Unite employed by Mitie Cleaning and Environmental Services will take industrial action during November, December and January.

The first strike will be on November 3 with the final walkouts scheduled to begin on December 18 and end on January 12.

Unite said most of the cleaners are being paid the minimum wage of £7.50 an hour and are demanding an increase to at least the voluntary living wage of £8.45.

Unite regional officer Jimmy Carter said:

It is time to address the scourge of poverty pay for cleaners at Britain's third busiest airport.

"Mitie's latest pay offer does not go far enough to eliminate poverty pay and a significant proportion of the workforce were offered no increase at all.

"Keeping Britain's third busiest airport clean is hard work. After a two-year pay freeze, workers have had enough."

– Jimmy Carter, Unite regional officer