Easter strike for baggage handlers

Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport are to strike over Easter in a row over pay, the GMB union announced .

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Swissport Stansted keen to avoid redundancies

The GMB have claimed that shift changes would lead to wage cuts of up to £1,000 for workers. Credit: Reuters

Richard Prince, general manager of Swissport Stansted said: "The proposed changes to working patterns will achieve a proportion of the necessary savings we need to make to offset our decline in revenue and it means we will avoid job losses.

"We are not cutting people's pay. We are not increasing the amount of hours they work. We are asking people to spread their contractual hours over a five-day week and not a four-day week. We are keeping people in jobs."

Swissport disappointed by GMB Union strike

Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport are to strike this Easter in a row over pay. Credit: Reuters

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.

"Swissport is disappointed that the GMB trade union has decided to call industrial action."

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'Overwhelming' vote for strikes by Stansted baggage handlers

GMB members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action and for action short of a strike. Up to now the company has been intent on imposing these changes without agreement and this is completely unacceptable, as this vote shows. GMB 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.

– Gary Pearce, GMB union
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