Easter baggage strike looms at Stansted

29 Mar 2012 by BusinessTraveller

Baggage handling staff at Stansted airport have voted to strike during the Easter weekend, over claims that new shift patterns could result in pay cuts of up to £1,000.

The BMG union representing baggage handlers at the airport said that members have voted "overwhelmingly" for strike action, with walkouts set to take place on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.

GMB official Gary Pearce said that the union "has offered several alternative shift patterns and working arrangements but the company refuses to listen so far".

"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," said Pearce.

"GMB members consider that Swissport [employers of the baggage handling staff] is attempting to make savings at their expense and they are not willing to agree to this.

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

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Report by Mark Caswell

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