GMB members at Stansted to take action over pay

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Air, Transport (ITF), GMB,

RyanairGMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at London Stansted airport are to strike on Sunday 23rd and Monday 31st August in a dispute over pay.

They voted by 87%, in a turnout of 80%, to strike in support of their claim for a 3% pay rise. The members have rejected the 1.5% offer from private contractor Mitie.

The industrial action will affect all airlines that operate from London Stansted, the largest of which are Ryanair and Easyjet. All ‘checked-in’ luggage has to be security scanned by the bulk scanners operated by these members.

GMB negotiators have asked ACAS to assist in arranging a meeting with Mitie in time to avert the need the industrial action. Mitie has responded with an offer of a meeting on September 3rd.

GMB organiser Gary Pearce said: “Mitie shareholders saw a 7% increase in dividends for 2014 and Mitie achieved a 13.5% increase in profits after tax which compares to 1.5% pay offer rejected by members.

“The total cost to the company of the 3% rise pay is around £24,000 per year. A pay rise of this level for GMB members who protect the security of thousands of air travellers is clearly very responsible and the company can afford it.

“The 1.5% offer rejected is less than the average pay rise in the private sector of 2.7%.

“GMB members, who through their hard work and expertise, have created the welcome increase in Mitie’s profits should share in that success.”

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Tim Lezard

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