Essex: Stansted strike action decision delayed as talks over wages continue (From Braintree and Witham Times)
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Essex: Stansted strike action decision delayed as talks over wages continue
12:50pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
A ground handling company has agreed to allow a union to put off a decision on strike action at Stansted Airport.
Swissport, which provides ground services at the airport, and union GMB have both agreed to extend the notice period for strike action to allow more time for a settlement to be reached.
200 GMB members employed by Swissport have already voted for strike action in a dispute over this year’s pay claim.
GMB and Swissport will meet in London later this week for further talks.
Gary Pearce, GMB organiser, said “Swissport has agreed to extend the period for GMB to give notice of strike action to give time for more talks.
"Swissport has called for more talks and GMB will be there.
"Hopefully we can reach a solution to the many outstanding issues and avoid the need for strike action at Stansted Airport.
"The outcome of the industrial action ballot is clear. 88 per cent voted to take industrial action in support of their request for a decent pay rise.
"These GMB members are faced with ever rising bills for energy, travel and the cost of living. To make ends meet they have no alternative but to seek an increase in their income to meet these bills.”
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