Union’s worries for staff over Southampton Airport sell-off plan

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A UNION representing dozens of staff at a Hampshire airport which has been put up for sale has raised concern about the impact it could have on workers.

Unite says the planned sell-off of Southampton Airport, along with Glasgow and Aberdeen airports, needs close scrutiny to ensure workers do not lose out.

Union leaders say they want to meet with potential buyers to be satisfied that their business plans will benefit airlines, workers and passengers.

Unite represents nearly 100 employees at Southampton Airport, as well as 150 members at Aberdeen and around 250 members at Glasgow.

Oliver Richardson, Unite’s national officer for civil air transport, said: “We need to be kept closely informed of the sell-off process in the weeks and months ahead.

“Our concern is that there is no detrimental impact on our members’ pay, pensions and terms and conditions due to any change of owner.

“We would therefore welcome the opportunity to meet potential purchasers and to ensure their business plans for the future development of these three airports will benefit the airlines, workers and passengers.”

The comments come after Heathrow Airport Holdings (HAH) confirmed last week that it was “entering a sales process” which could see Southampton, Glasgow and Aberdeen airports sold – possibly to HAH’s biggest shareholder, Spanish transport infrastructure company Ferrovial.

It said the group was working towards completing a transaction by the end of the year.

HAH used to be known as British Airports Authority and once ran seven airports including Gatwick, Stansted and Edinburgh.

Now it owns just four – Heathrow, Southampton, Glasgow and Aberdeen.

The news has been welcomed by the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, which said the sale could mean more routes and facilities and that could benefit Hampshire businesses.

Southampton Airport did not want to comment and directed enquiries to HAH, who also said it would not be commenting.

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10:04am Fri 8 Aug 14

Torchie1 says...

Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.
Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently. Torchie1
  • Score: 7

2:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.
I now understand why you mainly criticise other posters efforts producing very little yourself ......
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.[/p][/quote]I now understand why you mainly criticise other posters efforts producing very little yourself ...... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -10

2:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Torchie1 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.
I now understand why you mainly criticise other posters efforts producing very little yourself ......
I suppose your reply is as good as any when you can't produce a credible answer.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.[/p][/quote]I now understand why you mainly criticise other posters efforts producing very little yourself ......[/p][/quote]I suppose your reply is as good as any when you can't produce a credible answer. Torchie1
  • Score: 10

2:42pm Fri 8 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area. IronLady2010
  • Score: 6

3:03pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Torchie1 wrote:
Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.
I now understand why you mainly criticise other posters efforts producing very little yourself ......
I suppose your reply is as good as any when you can't produce a credible answer.
No answer, as it was such a shock that you actually posted something off your own back ...... or did someone help you along with it ...... probably with a similar IQ i expect ...
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: Unite could demonstrate its commitment to the members by approaching the markets to raise the cash to buy the airport for and on behalf of the union . Exposing the union to a financial liability may help it to see things slightly differently.[/p][/quote]I now understand why you mainly criticise other posters efforts producing very little yourself ......[/p][/quote]I suppose your reply is as good as any when you can't produce a credible answer.[/p][/quote]No answer, as it was such a shock that you actually posted something off your own back ...... or did someone help you along with it ...... probably with a similar IQ i expect ... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -4

3:05pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

3:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc. IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

3:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

From the sidelines says...

Dear union, your members are protected through the transfer by TUPE regulations.

Beyond that, commercial interests must prevail, otherwise there will be no airport, and no jobs.
Dear union, your members are protected through the transfer by TUPE regulations. Beyond that, commercial interests must prevail, otherwise there will be no airport, and no jobs. From the sidelines
  • Score: 5

3:32pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ?
.
You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.[/p][/quote]But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ? . You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed ..... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 0

3:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ?
.
You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....
Go back through my post.

I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy.......

We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.[/p][/quote]But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ? . You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....[/p][/quote]Go back through my post. I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy....... We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved. IronLady2010
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ?
.
You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....
Go back through my post.

I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy.......

We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.
Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area .
.'
Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on
.
You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not ..
.
You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.[/p][/quote]But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ? . You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....[/p][/quote]Go back through my post. I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy....... We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.[/p][/quote]Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area . .' Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on . You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not .. . You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers .... Lone Ranger.
  • Score: -2

4:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ?
.
You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....
Go back through my post.

I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy.......

We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.
Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area .
.'
Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on
.
You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not ..
.
You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....
I think you miss my point.

I employ several people and have a business plan to ensure I make a good living whilst keeping my people happy. I judge how happy people are by staff turnover which is VERY low.

As an example, if I were looking to buy another business, the first thing I would do is make sure it would be a good investment, if that meant making changes in order to make the business a success then I would have no choice. Why would I take on a business that isn't going to give a return? It would end up with everyone being unemployed!
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.[/p][/quote]But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ? . You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....[/p][/quote]Go back through my post. I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy....... We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.[/p][/quote]Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area . .' Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on . You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not .. . You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....[/p][/quote]I think you miss my point. I employ several people and have a business plan to ensure I make a good living whilst keeping my people happy. I judge how happy people are by staff turnover which is VERY low. As an example, if I were looking to buy another business, the first thing I would do is make sure it would be a good investment, if that meant making changes in order to make the business a success then I would have no choice. Why would I take on a business that isn't going to give a return? It would end up with everyone being unemployed! IronLady2010
  • Score: 2

4:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Lone Ranger. says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ?
.
You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....
Go back through my post.

I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy.......

We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.
Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area .
.'
Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on
.
You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not ..
.
You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....
I think you miss my point.

I employ several people and have a business plan to ensure I make a good living whilst keeping my people happy. I judge how happy people are by staff turnover which is VERY low.

As an example, if I were looking to buy another business, the first thing I would do is make sure it would be a good investment, if that meant making changes in order to make the business a success then I would have no choice. Why would I take on a business that isn't going to give a return? It would end up with everyone being unemployed!
I would never question your business accumin for one second ...... However that is not the point ......
.
The point is that you condemn a union without knowing any of the facts.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.[/p][/quote]But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ? . You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....[/p][/quote]Go back through my post. I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy....... We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.[/p][/quote]Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area . .' Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on . You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not .. . You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....[/p][/quote]I think you miss my point. I employ several people and have a business plan to ensure I make a good living whilst keeping my people happy. I judge how happy people are by staff turnover which is VERY low. As an example, if I were looking to buy another business, the first thing I would do is make sure it would be a good investment, if that meant making changes in order to make the business a success then I would have no choice. Why would I take on a business that isn't going to give a return? It would end up with everyone being unemployed![/p][/quote]I would never question your business accumin for one second ...... However that is not the point ...... . The point is that you condemn a union without knowing any of the facts. Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Fri 8 Aug 14

IronLady2010 says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.
You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then .........
.
Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then
I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing.

My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.
But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ?
.
You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....
Go back through my post.

I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy.......

We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.
Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote:
Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area .
.'
Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on
.
You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not ..
.
You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....
I think you miss my point.

I employ several people and have a business plan to ensure I make a good living whilst keeping my people happy. I judge how happy people are by staff turnover which is VERY low.

As an example, if I were looking to buy another business, the first thing I would do is make sure it would be a good investment, if that meant making changes in order to make the business a success then I would have no choice. Why would I take on a business that isn't going to give a return? It would end up with everyone being unemployed!
I would never question your business accumin for one second ...... However that is not the point ......
.
The point is that you condemn a union without knowing any of the facts.
Not condemning, just asking them to back off, whenever they get involved they make things worse.

Whoever takes this over will have a clear business plan to make things better. No-one wants to send a business backwards.

I just feel that during the buy out process, the Unions should keep out otherwise they risk putting off potential buyers.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area.[/p][/quote]You obviously dont feel that the job of a Union is to protect the interests of its members then ......... . Perhaps you can explain what you think their job is then[/p][/quote]I guess my point is that with a potential buyer, if the Unions start waving the strike stick if they aren't happy, the buyer could potentially walk away leaving nothing. My issue is any potential buyer will look at future potential and driving the business forward, which is great for the area. More jobs, a better service etc.[/p][/quote]But the unions are not waving a stick ....... there is NO mention of a strike... why would there be ?? ..... why would you suggest there is ? . You quite clearly have little idea of how a union works ...... perhaps you should try and read other daily papers rather that the Sun and Dail Fail as you are being badly informed .....[/p][/quote]Go back through my post. I stated IF the Unions start waving the stick if they aren't happy....... We've been here many times before and the same rubbish always happens when Unions get involved.[/p][/quote]Yes i did ........ IronLady2010 wrote: Here we go again, Unite are waving the big stick. Keep your nose out, this could potentially bring in new jobs and improvements. Don't ruin that for the local area . .' Quote:- "Unite are waving the big stick" The word "IF" is not there ...... only mentioned a couple of posts on . You are the only one that mentioned that .... and they are not .. . You and other posters are so quick to criticise any union that gets brought up yet dont give a t0ss about unscroupulous employers ....[/p][/quote]I think you miss my point. I employ several people and have a business plan to ensure I make a good living whilst keeping my people happy. I judge how happy people are by staff turnover which is VERY low. As an example, if I were looking to buy another business, the first thing I would do is make sure it would be a good investment, if that meant making changes in order to make the business a success then I would have no choice. Why would I take on a business that isn't going to give a return? It would end up with everyone being unemployed![/p][/quote]I would never question your business accumin for one second ...... However that is not the point ...... . The point is that you condemn a union without knowing any of the facts.[/p][/quote]Not condemning, just asking them to back off, whenever they get involved they make things worse. Whoever takes this over will have a clear business plan to make things better. No-one wants to send a business backwards. I just feel that during the buy out process, the Unions should keep out otherwise they risk putting off potential buyers. IronLady2010
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4:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

Times like this we should be thankful that the Airport comes under Eastleigh Borough Council and not Southampton City Council. If Southampton City Council governed the Airport then it would be no more and it would be sold off to a developer to put a 'lucrative' student flats development on the site. With no Airport nearby, therefore no height restrictions the skies above what was once a great Airport would become a swarm of student skyscrapers!
Times like this we should be thankful that the Airport comes under Eastleigh Borough Council and not Southampton City Council. If Southampton City Council governed the Airport then it would be no more and it would be sold off to a developer to put a 'lucrative' student flats development on the site. With no Airport nearby, therefore no height restrictions the skies above what was once a great Airport would become a swarm of student skyscrapers! 03alpe01
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6:13pm Fri 8 Aug 14

forest hump says...

Hopefully the airport will be sold to an entity which will attract further investment and consequently expand operations. It could easily take some pressure off of Gatwick supplementing both the Charter and scheduled components of the air travel sector. The infrastructure (road/rail) is perfectly placed (unlike Bournemouth) and with an extended runway could be very competitive in terms of cost/benefit.
Hopefully the airport will be sold to an entity which will attract further investment and consequently expand operations. It could easily take some pressure off of Gatwick supplementing both the Charter and scheduled components of the air travel sector. The infrastructure (road/rail) is perfectly placed (unlike Bournemouth) and with an extended runway could be very competitive in terms of cost/benefit. forest hump
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10:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14

CHIMPANZEE says...

It is such a badly managed airport. I am glad it is sold to a more efficient organisation which can understand customer service. Therefore good riddance to this airport. Let us hope that a new airport staff will serve us better
It is such a badly managed airport. I am glad it is sold to a more efficient organisation which can understand customer service. Therefore good riddance to this airport. Let us hope that a new airport staff will serve us better CHIMPANZEE
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