Passenger service agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services Limited on the easyJet contract at Stansted airport have voted by 100 per cent to take strike action in a dispute over pay and union recognition, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite announced today (Wednesday 3 July).

The result raises the prospect of strike action and delays for easyJet passengers at the Essex airport this summer if a breakthrough in talks between Unite and Stobart Aviation Services can’t be found when the two sides meet tomorrow (Thursday 4 July).

Unite represents 43 passenger service agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services Limited. The workers are angry over the company’s refusal to pay wages in line with similar companies at Stansted; its refusal to recognise Unite as a trade union for collective bargaining purposes; and a breakdown in industrial relations.
The turnout in the industrial action ballot was 88.4 per cent.

Commenting Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: “This emphatic vote in favour of strike action should leave Stobart Aviation Services in no doubt of the depth of anger felt by our members.

“Our members work unpaid overtime, experience staffing issues and lack basics, such as drinking water during their long shifts, while being paid up to 20 per cent less for doing the same job as their counterparts in other companies at Stansted.

“This unacceptable situation has only been compounded by the attitude of bosses at Stobart Aviation Services who have refused to fully honour the trade union recognition agreement that carried over when our members transferred over from Menzies about a year ago.

“We hope that Stobart Aviation Services will do the right thing and avoid the possibility of strike action by engaging meaningfully with Unite to reach a deal on pay and trade union recognition.”