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Travel chaos at Stansted Airport as EasyJet staff prepare to strike for 17 days 

Travel chaos at Stansted Airport as EasyJet staff prepare to strike for 17 days 

Travel chaos at Stansted Airport as EasyJet staff prepare to strike for 17 days

Check-in staff working at Stansted for EasyJet have announced a series of strikes every weekend during the main school summer holidays.  The strikes are over a long-running pay dispute.

A total of 17 days of strike action have been proposed, Unite the union has said. “Unite represents 43 passenger service agents employed by Stobart Aviation Services Limited, which has the easyJet contract at the Essex airport. The check-in staff are demanding better pay and voted unanimously to strike over the company’s refusal to pay wages in line with similar companies at Stansted”.  It claims workers employed by other companies at Stansted are being paid up to 20% more for doing the same job.

Strikes are due to begin at 3.30am Thursday July 25th, with a five-day strike to the early hours of Monday 29 July.

The strike dates are 25 to 29 July; 2 to 5 August; 9 to 12 August; 16 to 19 August; and 23 to 27 August.

The union’s regional officer Mark Barter said “No progress was made in talks held last week.  However, there is a window of opportunity for the management to sit down with Unite and hold constructive talks to resolve this strike before the travel chaos kicks in on 25 July”.

Unite warns: “Thousands of EasyJet passengers could face severe delays.”

But a spokesperson for EasyJet said: “Should this go ahead we plan to have contingency plans in place so there should be no impact on our passengers.”

As reported in various UK tabloids.

Will I get my money back if my flight is cancelled or delayed?

If your flight is cancelled, you have the legal right to either a full refund within seven days or a replacement flight to your destination.

This applies for whatever reason your flight was cancelled or how long before you were told it would no longer be be flying.

If your flight is delayed by three hours or more and you were flying to or from a European airport, or with an EU-based airline such as Ryanair or British Airways.

Then you can claim compensation up to  €250 (£229) for short-haul flights and €400 (£367) for mid-haul flights and €600 (£530) for long-haul flights.

But the airline might not payout if it’s out of their control, for example, due to bad weather or strikes.



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