London Stansted airport could possibly be the most recent UK transport hub to expertise critical disruption as staff are set to vote on taking industrial motion in a dispute over pay.
Members of the Unite union have rejected a 7.5 per cent pay supply from the airport, which is a part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG). This determination will now be adopted by a separate vote on strikes.
If the 1,000-plus staff concerned within the dispute, who embody safety officers, cleaners, firefighters and upkeep employees, vote in favour of commercial motion, then strikes may happen from October.
The union mentioned any stoppage by its members would “trigger vital disruption or may even shut the airport”.
Unite’s normal secretary Sharon Graham added: “Stansted and MAG anticipated our members to make monetary sacrifices through the pandemic and so they anticipate them to do the identical factor now throughout the price of residing disaster.
“Everybody is anticipated to tighten their belts besides MAG’s wealthy executives. Our members gained’t stand for it and they’ll obtain Unite’s full assist in preventing for a good pay rise.”
A Stansted spokesperson responded that the airport was “shocked and dissatisfied” about Unite’s determination to name a strike poll.
“That is the exact same pay supply we agreed with Unite, and which it strongly really useful its members voted in favour of as not too long ago as 20 July,” mentioned the spokesperson.
“We stay absolutely dedicated to working with our unions to succeed in an settlement that recognises the laborious work and dedication of our colleagues and maintains the monetary stability of the airport after the intense challenges we confronted due to the pandemic and at a time when passenger ranges are nonetheless measurably decrease than they have been in 2019.”