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Stansted Strike 31st August

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

GMB Call On Mitie To Attend ACAS Talks To Avert Further Security Scanners Strike At Stansted On 31st In August In Pay Dispute

Mitie refusal of talks at ACAS shows that the company disregard for their employees also applies to their customers says GMB.

GMB is calling in Mitie to attend talks at ACAS to avert a further strike on Monday 31st August by 30 GMB members who operate the security scanners for checked in luggage at London Stansted airport in a dispute over pay.

These members took strike action over a single shift on Sunday 23rd.

On Monday 31st August the strike action will be from 3.45am to 11.59pm. In addition there is an overtime ban in place.

These members 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.

Gary Pearce, GMB Organiser said, "It is clear that the 100 per cent support for last Sunday's strike will be repeated for this Monday's longer strike over 24 hours. The continuous overtime ban will start to bite more and more in the coming weeks.

Mitie continues to refuse our request for joint talks to avoid the need for further action at ACAS. It appears that Mitie's disregard for their employees also applies to their customers. GMB is calling on them to change this stance and attend talks at ACAS."

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

Notes to editor

GMB press release dated 17th August 2015

GMB SECURITY SCANNER OPERATORS AT STANSTED 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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