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Strike Action at Stansted In Pay Dispute

Monday, August 12, 2013

GMB Members Overwhelming Vote For Strike Action At Stansted Airport Over Pay Cuts For Checked In Baggage Scanning Staff

The company were told that pay cuts were not acceptable to our members Mitie went ahead and imposed these pay cuts from June leading to strike action between 23rd to 26th August says GMB.

GMB members employed by Mitie at Stansted Airport have returned an overwhelming 92% vote for strike action in a dispute over pay cuts for staff employed to screen checked in baggage before it goes into the holds of aircraft at the airport. See notes to editors on press release announcing the ballot.

GMB has now conveyed this ballot result to the employers and members. GMB has also given notice of strike action at the airport by these staff on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th from 3.30am to 6am each day and again from 3.30pm to 6pm each day.

In June of this year Mitie imposed an 18 month pay deal backdated to 1st October 2012 which included a cut in premium rates for night work and overtime which cut pay by 3.5% and increased pay rates by 2%. The next review is due under this deal on 1st April 2014 not 1st October 2013 as per the agreement.

Gary Pearce GMB Regional Officer said “Mitie are expecting GMB members to agree to the removal of premium rates for working nights or over time 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.

GMB members have rejected this imposition. They have now voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

GMB as always is available to have discussions – but only the restoration of these premium rates will avert these stoppages.”

Contact: Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser on 07850 036952 or GMB Press Office on  or 020 7391 6755.

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated Thursday 25th July 2013

GMB MEMBERS WORKING FOR MITIE AT LONDON STANSTED AIRPORT BALLOTED FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER REJECTED PAY OFFER

Mitie is hoping GMB members will agree to use their own money to fund the pay offer by reducing the overtime premium to the basic rate and making out it’s a pay rise says GMB

The result of an industrial action ballot of GMB members working for baggage screening contractor Mitie at London Stansted airport will be known on 12th August. Mitie was notified of the intention to ballot on Tuesday 22nd July.

A self-funding pay offer that would have seen the 39 GMB members who operate the industrial Baggage scanners at Stansted losing the time and a half overtime premium that would significantly cut their earnings was rejected by 100% of the members in a consultative ballot.

Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser said,”Mitie operate the baggage scanning contract on a shoestring and as there are too few staff GMB members work a lot of overtime to make sure that the job gets done. Mite is hoping GMB members will agree to use their own money to fund the pay offer by reducing the overtime premium to the basic rate and making out it’s a pay rise. The pay negotiations started in November last year and Mite is also looking for an eighteen month deal by moving the due date of the next pay rise.

The result of the ballot will be known on Monday 12 the August and GMB expects a vote for action. If this is the case the first action will likely take place over the August Bank holiday weakened.”

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Contact: Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser on 07850 036952 or GMB Press Office on 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.

 

 

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