BAGGAGE handlers have gone on strike at Liverpool John Lennon airport today in a row over job losses.

About 150 staff walked out in the early hours of this morning after negotiations between the GMB union and employers Servisair failed to break the deadlock last night.

The union has been seeking assurances that no worker would face compulsory redundancy under the company's plans to shed 23 jobs.

Despite the strike, passengers are being told to turn up for their flights as normal.

A statement on the airport's website read: "Servisair has assured the Airport Company that their robust contingency plans now in place will ensure it is business as usual at the Airport.

"Those passengers travelling with airlines who do not use Servisair should be unaffected by any potential idustrial action (easyJet and Eastern Airways).

"Liverpool John Lennon Airport will endeavour to keep passengers informed regarding this situation, however, passengers are advised to check in for their flights as normal."