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Stansted Airport Strike Over Pay

Monday, August 17, 2015

GMB Security Scanner Operators At Stansted Airport To Strike On 23rd And 31st In August In Pay Dispute

Mitie shareholders saw a 7% increase in dividends for 2014 and Mitie achieved a 13.5% increase in profits after tax which compares to 1.5% pay offer rejected by members says GMB

30 GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at London Stansted airport have given notice to their employer Mitie that they will take strike action on Sunday 23rd and Monday 31st August in a dispute over pay.

The strike action on Sunday 23rd will take place from 3.45am to 1.00 pm and that on Monday 31st August will be from 3.45am to 11.59pm.

These members who are employed by private contractor Mitie voted by 87%, in a turnout of 80%, to strike in support of their claim for a 3% pay rise. The members have rejected the 1.5% offer from the company.

The industrial action will affect all airlines that operate from London Stansted, the largest of which are Ryanair and Easyjet. All ‘checked-in’ luggage has to be security scanned by the bulk scanners operated by these members.

GMB negotiators have asked the independent conciliator ACAS to assist in arranging a meeting with Mitie in time to avert the need the industrial action. Mitie has responded with an offer of a meeting on Thursday 3rd September 2015.

London Stansted was acquired by Manchester Airports Group (MAG) from Heathrow Airport Holdings for £1.5 billion in 2013.

Private services contracts at London Stansted are award by The Airline Operations Committee (AOC) which is comprised of all the Airlines that fly operate at London Stansted.

Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser, said “Mitie shareholders saw a 7% increase in dividends for 2014 and Mitie achieved a 13.5% increase in profits after tax which compares to 1.5% pay offer rejected by members.

The total cost to the company of the 3% rise pay is around £24,000 per year. A pay rise of this level for GMB members who protect the security of thousands of air travellers is clearly very responsible and the company can afford it.

The 1.5% offer rejected is less than the average pay rise in the private sector of 2.7%.

GMB members, who through their hard work and expertise, have created the welcome increase in Mitie’s profits should share in that success.”

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

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