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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Hong Kong Testing All Arriving Airline Passengers for Coronavirus
Hong Kong announced Tuesday that travelers arriving at the region’s main airport would be screened for coronavirus, making it the first airport in the world to require testing for all incoming passengers.
According to Fortune.com, government officials revealed that every airline passenger who arrives at Hong Kong International Airport will now be tested for coronavirus whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms.
Once the passengers arrive at the Hong Kong airport, they will deplane and board shuttle buses operated by the region’s health department to a temporary “specimen collection center” where they will test saliva from every traveler.
Passengers who complete the testing will then be shown their accommodations at the AsiaWorld-Expo convention center, where they will be forced to stay for 14 days as part of the government-mandated quarantine.
The government said it would enforce the quarantine via tracking wristbands.
“If a sample tests positive, the CHP will notify the person concerned as early as possible and arrange for admission to a public hospital for treatment,” a statement from Hong Kong read. “In general, if no notification is received within three working days after returning a sample, it means the test result is negative and the person concerned is required to continue the compulsory quarantine until the quarantine period ends.”
For passengers arriving from regions deemed high-risk, such as the United Kingdom and areas of China, they will be forced to wait at the collection center until the results of faster tests are revealed. Confirmed cases will immediately be transported to local hospitals, while travelers who test negative will be moved to the quarantine areas.
“As the testing takes time, the people concerned might need to stay at the venue to wait for eight hours or more and those arriving at night might have to wait longer,” the statement continued. “The DH urged for the understanding and patience from inbound travelers on the arrangement.”
Passengers aren’t the only people on planes getting sick, as the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) found that around 100 flight attendants have tested positive for coronavirus.
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