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Easter Strike At Stansted

Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport will go on strike on Good Friday, in a row over pay.

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Swissport 'disappointed' with union over Stansted strike

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."

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