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Stansted Airport baggage scan staff plan strikes

Stansted Airport
Image caption Stansted, based to the north-east of London, is the UK's fourth busiest airport

Workers who scan baggage at Stansted Airport are to stage a series of strikes over the bank holiday weekend this month in a row over pay.

GMB union members employed by Mitie will take action from 03:30 to 06:00 BST and from 15:30 to 18:00 over four days from Friday 23 August.

The union said its 40 members voted by 92% in favour of industrial action.

Stansted Airport said it was talking to Mitie about the dispute and any possible effect it could have.

A spokesman for Mitie said: "We hope that we will be able to reach an agreement with the union, but if we can't, full contingency plans will be put into place to ensure any disruption to passengers is kept to a minimum."

GMB regional officer Gary Pearce said: "Mitie are expecting GMB members to agree to the removal of premium rates for working nights or overtime 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."

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