Unions said on Monday that Stansted airport ground workers are set for seven days of strikes.

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Unions said on Monday that Stansted airport ground workers are set for seven days of strikes over the coming weeks.

GMB union officials said to reporters that employees working for service operator Swissport at Stansted would launch the strikes at 0530 BST on Wednesday, lasting until 0530 BST the following day.

Additional stoppages are scheduled to take place at the weekend beginning Saturday at 0530 BST, lasting through 0530 on Monday morning. A similar round is then set for the following weekend, which could wreak havoc on travel plans over the Queen's Diamond Jubilee holiday period.

The news comes several weeks after strike action against Swissport was put on hold after the firm agreed to enter negotiations with the GMB union in a row over roster changes. Reports said the issue stems from Swissport management’s recent change to Stansted rosters, which employees said would amount to a substantial reduction in annual income.

Talks between the two sides collapsed late last week.

Gary Pearce said on behalf of GMB that it was “a shame” that Swissport had chosen to back out of talks and withdraw from several proposals made during negotiations over the past several weeks. He said one such proposal would have returned workers to their original schedule – four days on followed by two days off – and would have ended the dispute.

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