The workers mounted pickets at six sites across the airport. They are demanding a £1 per hour guaranteed bonus, backdated to May 2005, and plan further walkouts January 20 and 23. When I signed on I was told that wed get £5 an hour bonus, but weve received no bonus at all for months, said Lee Holland, one of the picketers.
Darren Egan, a steel fixer also on the picket line, said that recent successful union action by steel erectors employed by another airport company, Watson Steel, had given them confidence. Egan reported that Portuguese workers at the site were threatened with being sacked first if they joined the strike action. He described this as part of the companys divide and rule policy.
TGWU and GMB senior steward Andy Baldwin said the strikers are strong and united across nationality.
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