EasyJet passenger service staff at London Stansted Airport (STN) have stated that they’ll be striking on July 25th for 17 days. The dispute has arisen due to a disagreement over pay and working conditions of staff at London Stansted Airport. EasyJet has said that it has contingency plans in place.
EasyJet passenger service agents at London Stansted Airport (STN) have announced that they will begin strike action at the facility on July 25th, The Mirror reports. The agents, who are employed via a contract with Stobart Aviation Services Limited, are taking part in the industrial action as part of a pay dispute. The strike is set to last for 17 days.
According to a statement by Unite, which represents the staff members, “The workers are angry over the company’s refusal to pay wages in line with similar companies at Stansted; its refusal to recognize Unite as a trade union for collective bargaining purposes; and a breakdown in industrial relations.”
Offering his comments, Mark Barter, the union’s regional officer, said, “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 honor 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,” he added.
EasyJet, however, has said that this action will not have an impact on its services. “We will continue to engage directly with Unite in order to deliver an agreement,” it stated.
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American Airlines Increasing Domestic Service for the Summer
Like the rest of the United States, American Airlines is ready for the summer.
As the demand for air travel slowly rises, American is bringing back suspended routes, offering double AAdvantage miles, reopening Admirals Club lounges and offering enhanced cleaning protocols.
American is planning to fly 55 percent of its domestic schedule and nearly 20 percent of its international schedule in July as compared to the same period last year, totaling around 40 percent of the airline’s systemwide capacity compared to July 2019.
Demand has started to rebound, as the carrier reported it flew a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day in May, which is an increase of 71 percent over the approximately 32,000 passengers it transported daily in April.
“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” American Senior Vice President Vasu Raja said in a statement. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March. We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”
Starting on June 22, American will begin reopening Admirals Club lounges around the country with pre-packaged snack offerings and a full-service bar for customers to enjoy complimentary beverages.
As for the airline’s commitment to health and safety guidelines, American will utilize enhanced cleaning measures, enforce social distancing protocols and provide limited food and beverage offerings.
The carrier is also allowing customers to book with confidence, as American announced it would waive change fees for customers purchasing tickets by June 30. Travelers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this offer, but must pay any fare difference.
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