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Union slams ‘unnecessary’ Swissport layoffs

[ November 17, 2020   //   ]

The GMB trade union has accused airport handling company Swissport of pressing ahead with mass redundancies from 31 October and ignoring calls to furlough them instead. It says that the redundancies were announced before the Government’s belated extension to the furlough scheme and were based on flight scheduling predictions before hopes of a successful vaccine were announced. GMB formally wrote to Swissport to request that those earmarked for redundancy be put on furlough instead. It said the company refused, citing delays to the furlough announcement and lack of clarity over the application of the scheme as reasons for not accessing it.