The dispute by check-in staff at Stansted Airport that could have affected thousands of easyJet passengers has been settled and the planned strikes have been called off, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 1 August).

Unite represents 43 passenger service agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services Limited, which has the easyJet contract at the Essex airport.

Unite said that the package now accepted by the check-in staff  amounted to a 13 per cent pay rise for most of the workforce for the year starting April 2019 and recognition of Unite as the trade union for collective bargaining purposes.

Unite said that the strikes – one was due to have started early tomorrow morning (Friday 2 August) – had been called off and its members were working normally. 

Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: “I am pleased to say that our members have voted to accept a new pay deal for the year starting in April 2019 that amounts to 13 per cent for the majority of the workforce.

“As a result, all the planned strike action has been called off and our members will be working normally assisting passengers in getting away on their summer holidays.

“Our members got a three per cent pay rise in April and will now get a further increase which equates to 10 per cent for the vast majority of our members with immediate effect, so this will mean an increase of 13 per cent this year. Fresh pay talks start again in April 2020, so this is only a single year deal.

“We have also gained a full recognition agreement covering both front of house and backroom staff, which means Unite can represent them for trade union collective bargaining purposes.

“Finally, I would like to pay tribute to the solidarity and courage our members have shown during the past weeks. This package represents what can be achieved if you stick together under the banner of a trade union – it is an excellent result for our members.” 


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065


  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.