Stansted Airport baggage screening workers balloted over pay

  • 26 July 2013
  • From the section Essex
Aerial view of Stansted Airport, Essex
Image caption The GMB said if there was a strike vote it could take place at the end of August

Baggage-screening staff at Stansted Airport are being balloted on strike action which could take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

The GMB union said workers were unhappy with the pay deal offered by Mitie, the company which does the security checks on hold luggage.

Staff are being offered a 2% pay rise, but were losing their overtime rates, the union said.

Outsourcing company Mitie has yet to comment on the ballot.

The results of the vote are expected to be known on 12 August.

The dispute involves workers who deal with luggage that is checked-in, rather than hand luggage and the GMB union said 39 of Mitie's 41 workers were in the union.

Gary Pearce, union organiser, said: "Mitie operates the baggage scanning contract on a shoestring and, as there are too few staff, GMB members work a lot of overtime to make sure the job gets done.

"The GMB expects a vote for action and, if this is the case, the first action will likely take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend."

Mr Pearce said, in the summer, workers did an average of six hours overtime a week.

Stansted Airport said it would not be commenting as the dispute was between the union and the contractor.

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