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Swissport, the company that employs baggage handlers at Stansted Airport, has said that it is dissapointed that the GMB union has called a strike in a row over pay.
Workers will walk out on Good Friday - threatening disruption over the Easter holidays.
The union has claimed that shift changes would lead to wage cuts of up to £1,000.
A Swissport spokesman said: "At this time we can confirm the airport will be open as normal. Passengers should travel to the airport as normal and we expect no disruption to our services.
"The decision to call industrial action comes at the end of a 90-day consultation period with employees and trade unions, relating to the change of working patterns.
"This change was announced back in November 2011 to protect core jobs. The change of working patterns allows a reduction of costs without the need to make people redundant.
"The current economic climate and the impact it has had on the aviation industry means that Swissport Stansted has fewer flights to service. This has resulted in a significant reduction in the company's revenue.
"Swissport is disappointed that the GMB trade union has decided to call industrial action."
Gary Pearce from the GMB Union says that a strike by baggage handlers at Stansted Airport this Easter will have a big impact on the public.
It's been confirmed that baggage handlers at Stansted Airport will go on strike on Good Friday.
It raises the prospect of travel chaos for families trying to get away for the Easter holidays.
Earlier today, the GMB union announced that their members had voted in favour of strike action.
Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport have voted in favour of industrial action.
They could walk out on Good Friday in a row over pay. From the airport, Matthew Hudson sent this report.
The result of a vote on strike action by baggage handlers working at Stansted airport will be published today.
Any industrial action triggered by proposed pay cuts is set to take place over the Easter Bank Holiday.