327 baggage handling jobs to go at Manchester Airport

25.2.2008     (UK Airport News)

327 baggage handlers are to be made redundant at Manchester Airport after bosses
decided to close their in house ground services firm.

Talks had been underway to try to save some of the jobs at airport owned Ringway
Handling Services after airport chiefs said the company was making a loss in a
`fiercely competitive market’. But a 90-day consultation period has come to an
end and the airport has decided the business will shut as earlier announced.

An airport spokesman said: ‘We have now completed the formal consultation process
with the trade unions and employee representatives on the future of Ringway Handling
Services and, regrettably, the decision has been taken to close the business.
This will result in the loss of 327 posts.’

‘We are very hopeful our people will find employment elsewhere at the airport
or will be able to be redeployed within the business.
We are offering every support possible to ensure they are treated with compassion
and dignity during this difficult time.’

Other baggage handling firms are advertising for staff and the airport says there
is hope many of the workers will find new jobs on-site. But trade union leaders
say they are disappointed at the decision.