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Published on Friday, December 14, 2012

Airport security staff vote to strike over bad working conditions

Around 200 private security officers at New York's JFK Airport have voted to strike five days before Christmas.

The workers have accused their employer, Air Serv Corp, of failing to deal with "systemic lapses in security standards" and of intimidating them into keeping quiet about their poor working conditions.

They said they have to deal with "shoddy equipment, rushed searches and lack of training that endangers the flying public".

One officer, who is featured in a video on the union's website, complained: "We are not provided the basic tools we need to keep passengers at the airport safe. Our backs are against the wall because Air Serv tells us to shut up. Don't talk about how bad things are."

The officers are represented by Service Employees International Union and, at a meeting yesterday, voted to strike on December 20, the start of the busy holiday week.

A spokesman for Atlanta-based Air Serv said: "These issues have only just come to our attention this week. We are now in the process of reviewing them. As our policies make clear, we value employees' input on matters of concern to them. Accordingly, we will be speaking with employees on these matters in the days and weeks to come."




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  • Private Security Still Exists?!?

    This should make the TSA sit up and take notice that they forgot to take over an airport. I usually fly out of Santa Ana/John Wayne Orange County Airport or LAX (when no other options exist), but have never noticed "Private" security uniforms anywhere on site, it's either uniformed police in the case of LAX, or the Orange County Sheriff's Department at SNA. If they go on strike, I'm sure that US Troops could be mobilized and trained in short order just to keep things running smoothly.

    By Kelly James, Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Timing is Everything

    Their strike action is going to really improve safety standards during the Christmas rush.

    By Paul Lawson, Saturday, December 15, 2012

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