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EasyJet Staff Plan for 17-Day Strike

EasyJet Staff Plan for 17-Day Strike
Jackie Reddy

EasyJet passenger service staff at London Stansted Airport (STN) have stated that they’ll be striking on July 25th for 17 days. The dispute has arisen due to a disagreement over pay and working conditions of staff at London Stansted Airport. EasyJet has said that it has contingency plans in place.

EasyJet passenger service agents at London Stansted Airport (STN) have announced that they will begin strike action at the facility on July 25th, The Mirror reports. The agents, who are employed via a contract with Stobart Aviation Services Limited, are taking part in the industrial action as part of a pay dispute. The strike is set to last for 17 days.

According to a statement by Unite, which represents the staff members, “The workers are angry over the company’s refusal to pay wages in line with similar companies at Stansted; its refusal to recognize Unite as a trade union for collective bargaining purposes; and a breakdown in industrial relations.

Offering his comments, Mark Barter, the union’s regional officer, said, “Our members work unpaid overtime, experience staffing issues and lack basics, such as drinking water during their long shifts, while being paid up to 20 per cent less for doing the same job as their counterparts in other companies at Stansted. This unacceptable situation has only been compounded by the attitude of bosses at Stobart Aviation Services who have refused to fully honor the trade union recognition agreement that carried over when our members transferred over from Menzies about a year ago.

We hope that Stobart Aviation Services will do the right thing and avoid the possibility of strike action by engaging meaningfully with Unite to reach a deal on pay and trade union recognition,” he added.

EasyJet, however, has said that this action will not have an impact on its services. “We will continue to engage directly with Unite in order to deliver an agreement,” it stated.

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