Airport workers announce Bank Holiday strike
They 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 private contractor Mitie.
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 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 September 3rd.
GMB organiser Gary Pearce 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.”