Stansted Airport baggage handlers strike over Easter

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Stansted
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Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport in Essex have voted to strike over Easter in a row over pay.

Union members backed industrial action with a three-day strike called from Good Friday to Easter Day, but more could avert action, the GMB union said

The 150 baggage handlers employed by Swissport at Stansted claim shift changes could cut pay by up to £1,000.

The airport and Swissport have yet to respond to the result. The GMB said the vote for action was “overwhelming”.

A baggage handlers' strike over Easter would bring disruption for holiday flight passengers

A baggage handlers' strike over Easter would bring disruption for holiday flight passengers

Gary Pearce, from the union, said: “We have offered several alternative shift patterns and working arrangements but the company refuses to listen.

“GMB members consider that Swissport is attempting to make savings at their expense and they are not willing to agree to this.

“I have notified Swissport of the ballot result and I have asked them for more talks to try to avert action over these pay cuts.

“Unless there is urgent talks and a settlement, this vote for action will result in disruption over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

“The travelling public need to be aware that it has been this aggressive move by Swissport to cut our members pay at a time of high inflation that has led to this strike vote.”…..

Original story here at BBC News…..


BBC News Story
29 March 2012


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