Baggage handlers at Stansted airport have announced strikes over the Jubilee bank holiday. The decision for industrial action has come over changes in pay and shift patterns for employees of Swissport (see previous story).
Unite and GMB workers have announced a four-day strike from 2-6 June, unless an agreement is reached.
Strikes over Easter were called off when all parties agreed to enter into talks with ACAS, which have since broken down. Gary Pearce, regional organiser for GMB union said: “We”ve had a couple of meetings where proposals have been put on the table and then withdrawn.
“The members are looking for something back for losing this money. We”re trying to get Swissport to talk and have put them on notice of the action.”
Ryanair, one of the airlines that will be affected if the strikes go ahead, said it will not allow the unions to disrupt its passengers and will be running a full schedule of flights to and from the airport during the period.
Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said: “If this threatened industrial action goes ahead we will ask passengers to check-in online and travel with carry-on luggage only.”
The unions argue that the changes will cost up to £1,000 a year for each employee. They say they want to reach a compromise, but are very angry over the unpopular changes.