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Friday, 22 March, 2002, 10:30 GMT
New strike action at airport
Picket line at Manchester Airport
Picket lines have become a regular sight at the airport
Security guards at one of the country's biggest airports are staging the first of two fresh strikes in a dispute over job cuts.

Members of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) at Manchester Airport began a 36-hour strike at 0400 GMT on Friday.

The action will be followed by a four-day stoppage over Easter.

Managers at the airport claim the union has failed to put forward constructive proposals to bring an end to the long-running row.

Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport is Britain's third busiest

Dave McCall, regional organiser of the T&G told BBC News Online it had put forward new proposals this week.

Mr McCall claims the airport management has refused to respond to the proposals.

He said: "In the past week we met with management and we agreed to submit a set of proposals of compromised rates of pay and improved rostas.

"The only response [from management] has been to ask us for a batch of further proposals."

But David Teale, managing director of Manchester Airport Aviation Services, said the proposals the union put forward were not constructive.

Mr Teale said: "The union is well aware of the need for change in the organisation of our security services."

Travel chaos

Union members voted for the two stoppages in a ballot on 14 March.

Mr McCall said the planned four-day stoppage over the Easter period was still on course.

The action could bring chaos to air travel during one of the airport's busiest weeks of the year.

Airport management said passengers will receive the same service as usual during Easter, which last year saw 164,000 people pass through the airport.

Mr McCall said union members did not want to cause disruption to passengers, but that it had become "unavoidable".

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