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More Talks At Stansted In Pay Dispute

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Notice Period For Strike Action Extended For More Talks To Avert Strike At Stansted Over Pay Dispute For GMB Ground Handling Staff

Swissport has called for more talks and we are hopeful of a solution to the many outstanding issues to avoid the need for strike action at Stansted airport says GMB.

GMB and Swissport have agreed to extend the period for the union to give notice of strike action to allow more time for talks to reach a settlement and avert strike action in a dispute over pay and conditions at Stansted Airport.

200 GMB members employed by Swissport on the ground handling contract in London Stansted Airport have already voted for strike action in a dispute over this year’s pay claim.

GMB and Swissport will meet in London later this week for further talks.

Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser, said “Swissport has agreed to extend the period for GMB to give notice of strike action to give time for more talks.

Swissport has called for more talks and GMB will be there. Hopefully we can reach a solution to the many outstanding issues and avoid the need for strike action at Stansted airport.

The outcome of the industrial action ballot is clear. 88% voted to take industrial action in support of their request for a decent pay rise.

These GMB members are faced with ever rising bills for energy, travel and the cost of living. To make ends meet they have no alternative but to seek an increase in their income to meet these bills.”

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Contact: Gary Peace, GMB Organiser on 07850 036952 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

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