EasyJet passengers could face severe delays at Stansted Airport as check-in staff walk out for 17 days in a long-running pay dispute, a union has announced today.
The strikes will start from Thursday July 25 on the eve of the peak holiday season.
The strike dates are July 25-29, August 2-5, August 9-12, August 16-19, and August 23-27.
Unite the union said the strike will involve 43 passenger service agents working at easyJet check-in desks at London Stansted.
The agents, who are employed by Stobart Aviation Services, voted unanimously for a strike after a ballot earlier this month.
“A major bone of contention is that workers employed by other companies at Stansted are being paid up to 20 per cent more for doing the same job.
“But our Stobart members experience staffing issues, a lack of basics such as drinking water during their long shifts and many other smaller but none the less important issues that are ignored due to not having proper trade union recognition.
“Our members’ pay is languishing far behind others doing the same job at the airport, so then to be told that they are handsomely paid is quite frankly insulting.
“There is a window of opportunity for the management to sit down with Unite and hold constructive talks to resolve this strike before the travel chaos kicks in on 25 July.
“Unite’s door is always open for such negotiations, but there does have to be a genuine attempt from Stobart’s to address our members’ concerns rather than simply stalling for time.”
A spokeman for easyJet told Daily Star Online: “We are aware dates have been published for proposed industrial action by Stobart Aviation check in staff at London Stansted Airport.
“Should this go ahead we will have contingency plans in place so that there would be no impact on our passengers.
“Despite this we would urge Stobart Aviation and Unite to reach a suitable resolution as soon as possible.”
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