Jersey baggage handlers to work to rule

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Baggage handlers at Jersey Airport will begin industrial action on Good Friday following the breakdown of talks at a conciliation service on Friday.

Representatives of Swissport met union leaders from Unite after a decision to cut workers' hours.

Nick Corbel, from Unite, said the company left without a resolution and so his members would work to rule.

Colin Higgins, from Swissport, formerly Servisair, said they could not meet demands for compensation.

Mr Corbel said: "They told us that after lunch they needed to be away by 14:00 in order to catch a plane back to the UK.

"We weren't able to conclude conciliation talks at all and I was astounded by that."

Mr Higgins said they would make sure passengers were not affected by any industrial action.

"We know they are planning to work to contract on Good Friday," he said. "We have very strong contingency plans in place to ensure the start of the all important Jersey tourism season is not compromised."

Half of the 18 workers who are Unite union members took part in a ballot in April rejecting strike action.

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