Baggage handlers to strike at Stansted

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Stansted Airport’s baggage staff are planning a bank holiday weekend strike

Baggage handlers at London Stansted airport are to strike over bank holiday weekend because of a pay dispute.

The planned action will take place from 3:30am until 6:00am and then 3:30pm until 6:00pm starting on Friday 23 August and lasting for four days. The workers are members of the GMB Union and employed by Mitie.

The BBC reported that Stansted was planning on talking to Mitie about the potential effects of the dispute.

A spokesman for Mitie said: “We hope that we will be able to reach an agreement with the union, but if we can’t, full contingency plans will be put into place to ensure any disruption to passengers is kept to a minimum.”

GMB regional officer Gary Pearce said: “Mitie are expecting GMB members to agree to the removal of premium rates for working nights or overtime worth 3.5% to pay for a pay rise of 2%.

“In spite of months of talks telling the company this was not acceptable to our members, they went ahead and imposed these pay cuts from June.”

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