Unions vote for Bank Holiday strike action at Stansted over “pay cuts”

stanstedGMB members employed by Mitie at Stansted Airport have returned an overwhelming 92% vote for strike action in a dispute over pay cuts for staff employed to screen checked in baggage before it goes into the holds of aircraft at the airport.

GMB has now conveyed this ballot result to the employers and members. GMB has also given notice of strike action at the airport by these staff on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th from 3.30am to 6am each day and again from 3.30pm to 6pm each day.

In June of this year Mitie imposed an 18 month pay deal backdated to 1st October 2012 which included a cut in premium rates for night work and overtime which cut pay by 3.5% and increased pay rates by 2%. The next review is due under this deal on 1st April 2014 not 1st October 2013 as per the agreement.

Gary Pearce GMB Regional Officer said “Mitie are expecting GMB members to agree to the removal of premium rates for working nights or over time 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.

GMB members have rejected this imposition. They have now voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

GMB as always is available to have discussions – but only the restoration of these premium rates will avert these stoppages.”

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