Unite, Britain and Ireland’s biggest union, has warned the baggage handling firm Premiere Handling, based at Manchester Airport, that the union will not tolerate its members being left ‘high and dry’ after workers say they have not been paid for weeks.

The union understands that the company has ceased operations but workers have not been informed that they have been made redundant. The union is urging its members to get in touch as Unite is looking at potential claims.

Unite regional coordinating officer Lawrence Chapple-Gill said: “The situation at Premiere Handling is deeply unsettling and totally unacceptable. We are currently contacting Unite members who worked for Premiere Handling to find out what monies are owed - we will not hesitate to explore legal action. We have been told by some workers that the company has been discouraging workers from joining the union and now we know why!

“We are also calling on all former Premiere Handling employees to get in touch as we are looking at potential legal claims. Those not in the union will be invited to join us so that we can consider maximum legal action.”

If you worked for Premiere Handling at Manchester Airport before they ceased operations on 6/7 July, please get in touch with Unite before 29 July 2019 on 0161 848 0909.


  • Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.