The Unite union has warned Easyjet passengers that they could face disruption at Stansted this summer in a pay dispute with one of the airline’s contractors.

The union says 38 check-in staff employed by Stobart Aviation Services Limited, which has the Easyjet contract at Stansted airport, are being balloted on strike action.

Unite claims Stobart is refusing to pay wages in line with similar companies at the airport and has also chosen not to recognise the union for collective bargaining purposes.

The ballot closes on 2 July, after which point Unite will make a decision on whether or not to call for strike action as Stansted gears up for the busy summer flying season.

Regional officer Mark Barter said: “If our members working on the Easyjet contract vote to strike, this will cause severe disruption for the airline’s passengers trying to check-in for their summer holidays. A major bone of contention is that, while workers employed by other companies at Stansted are being paid up to 20 per cent more for doing the same job, our Stobart members work unpaid overtime, experience staffing issues and lack of basics, such as drinking water during their long shifts.”

Unite is due to meet with Stobart on Thursday (20 June) and Barter said he hopes the two can resolve the dispute without strike action.

The warning comes after Unite announced two more days of strikes at Aberdeen airport on 27 and 28 June, both from 0600-1000, as well as one additional four-hour walk-out at Glasgow airport on 24 June between 0600 and 1000 in a continuing row over pensions and pay.

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