Stansted Easter strike called off
Passengers will no longer have to worry about strikes at London’s Stansted airport this holiday weekend, officials say.
Airport news for Stansted,Travel on 05/04/2012.
Baggage workers had been set to stage strikes at the north London facility beginning tomorrow and through Easter Monday amid a row over shift changes that handlers said would amount to a pay decrease of £1,000. But unions now say that action has been called off thanks to ongoing negotiations.
Officials from Swissport, which employs ground workers at Stansted for all 20 carriers operating at the facility, along with the Unite and GMB labour unions, said in a press conference that the threat of strike disruptions over the busy upcoming weekend were no longer an issue. Union representatives noted that negotiations were ongoing to ensure that employees’ “work-life balance” needs were met whilst assisting the industry with current commercial challenges.
A Swissport spokesman said that if the strikes had not been called of that the firm was ready to deal with the industrial action and that contingency plans would have prevented passengers from suffering heavy disruptions amid the dispute. He added however that it was indeed good news that the Easter strikes had been called off.
Talks will resume later on in the month, according to reports.
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