Airport strikers point to out-of-service bathrooms

The strike at St. John's International Airport is approaching the three-month mark, and still there's no end in sight.
Maintenance problems are piling up, according to striking workers, reports Azzo Rezori 1:44

With the strike at St. John's International Airport approaching the three-month mark, workers say conditions are deteriorating.

About 85 workers responsible for maintenance and emergency services have been off the job since Sept. 11.

Union official Chris Bussey says the present state of the airport is a reflection of how the striking workers feel they've been treated. (CBC)

Workers say several parts of the airport complex have problems, including out-of-service bathrooms and parking tickets machines, and a flight information monitor that is also out of commission.

Union negotiator Chris Bussey said that the state of the airport is starting to reflect how the striking workers feel they've been treated.

"What used to be a world-class facility is now looking like a second-class facility," Bussey said.

"And that's how we feel we've been treated with our wages and that — as second-class citizens."

Airport officials said that the union has stooped to new lows by distributing pictures of the malfunctioning bathrooms to the media.

Marie Manning, the airport authority's director of marketing and community relations, said that there are other washroom facilities in the airport.

She said the authority has heard no complaints from the public about them.

Negotiations for the end of the strike are currently in the hands of a federal mediator, who is still waiting for either side to make a move.