Unite the union, which represents airport staff, is seeking urgent answers and reassurances, following yesterday’s announcement (Monday 15 October) that Swissport has lost the Ryanair baggage handling contract to OmniServ.

In the announcement Ryanair said that OmniServ would be providing all check in, baggage and ground operations at Stansted from February 2019.

OmniServ will operate the contract under a separate subsidiary called Blue Handling.

Unite regional officer Mark Barter is due to have a meeting with Swissport tomorrow (Wednesday 17 October) in order to gain further information about how the contract will operate and to confirm that existing staff will be TUPE’d over to OmniServ. He will also be in discussions directly with OmniServ to confirm whether existing pay and conditions will be protected going forward.

Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: “Unite is looking forward to working in partnership with OmniServ in the future. However, our members at Swissport need clear answers and reassurance at this uncertain time.

“OmniServ needs to confirm it will honour existing pay and conditions' agreements, not just at the point of transfer, but going forward.

“Members also need honest answers about existing staffing levels and whether OmniServ intends to make redundancies or if current staffing levels will be preserved once it inherits the contract.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.