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Stansted Airport easyJet flights set to be hit by 17 days of strikes

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Aircraft at Stansted Airport. (13845924)
Aircraft at Stansted Airport. (13845924)

Severe delays are being predicted for easyJet passengers at Stansted Airport as check-in staff prepare to strike for 17 days in a long-running dispute.

Unite, Britain and Ireland's largest union, represents 43 passenger service agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services Ltd, which has the easyJet contract at Stansted.

The strikes will start from Thursday July 25, on the eve of the peak holiday season.

Workers voted unanimously to strike over the company's refusal to pay wages in line with those of similar companies at Stansted, the refusal to recognise Unite as a trade union for collective bargaining purposes and a breakdown in industrial relations.

Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: "A major bone of contention is that workers employed by other companies at Stansted are being paid up to 20% more for doing the same job.

"But our Stobart members experience staffing issues, a lack of basics such as drinking water during their long shifts and many other smaller, but nonetheless important issues that are ignored due to not having proper trade union recognition.

"The scandal that Stobart's chief executive Warwick Brady could pocket a £30m bonus leaves a very sour taste in the mouth for our low-paid Stobart members working as easyJet check-in staff at Stansted Airport."

The airline says it has contingency plans in place if the strikes go ahead on July 25-29, August 2-5, 9-12, 16-19 and 23-27.

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