Swissport baggage handlers at Toronto Pearson Airport on strike

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 28, 2017

About 700 baggage handlers and ground crew workers have gone on strike at Toronto's main worldwide airport, Canada's biggest and busiest hub, after rejecting a new contract offer.

Swissport baggage handlers, cabin cleaners and ground crews could go on strike at 9:30 p.m. if an agreement is not reached between the company and Teamsters Local 419, the union representing workers.

Union spokesman Christopher Monette said 95 per cent of members had voted in favour of a strike.

"This is about respect and we are sending a message to Swissport tonight, and I hope they are listening".

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority said this week it has an contingency plan in place in the event of a labour disruption.

Previous reports had indicated that Swissport services between 30 and 34 of the 74 airlines that use the airport.

Swissport called its final offer to the union fair and competitive, and expressed disappointment that the union may strike.

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