GMB In Talks Tomorrow (15th August) At Acas In Attempt To Avert Strike Action At Stansted Airport Over Pay Cuts
Only the restoration by Mitie of the premium rates that were withdrawn leading to a 3.5% cut in pay, will avert these stoppages says GMB
GMB responded to the announcement yesterday (13th August) by ACAS regarding the Stansted baggage handlers dispute.
An Acas spokesperson said: "Acas is meeting with both parties on Thursday 15 August."
On Monday 12th August it was announced that GMB members employed by Mitie at Stansted Airport had 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.
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 "GMB will be attending these talks with ACAS.
GMB as always is available to have discussions, but only the restoration by Mitie of the premium rates that were withdrawn leading to a 3.5% cut in pay, will avert these stoppages.”
Contact: Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser on 07850 036952 or GMB Press Office on 07821 289880 or 020 7391 6755.