Stansted faces bank holiday strikes

18-08-2006

Stansted airport will be forced to endure more disruption during the forthcoming bank holiday weekend after baggage handlers voted for industrial action.

A long-running pay dispute between members of the GMB union and Swissport, the company which runs about four-fifths of baggage handling at Stansted, is the cause of the strikes.

After GMB members voted nine to one in favour of a strike, GMB officer Gary Pearce has predicted that the industrial action will "severely disrupt" the airport's smooth operation.

"Our members at Stansted deeply regret having to take this type of action but because of the company's action have been left with no alternative," Mr Pearce said.

"GMB members who provide essential services to airlines that are very profitable are facing huge increases in the cost of living and need a decent pay rise and those who are sick can not afford a drop in income."

Baggage handlers rejected the four per cent rise offered by Swissport because of its "over-complicated" nature.

The strikes will take place between 05:00 BST on the morning of Saturday 26th and 08:00 BST on Sunday 27th, and between 05:00 BST on bank holiday Monday 28th and 08:00 BST on Tuesday 29th.


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