Dozens of workers at Southend airport have voted in favour of taking strike action over the Christmas period, which the GMB union says risks “travel chaos” at one of the busiest times of the year.
GMB members employed by Stobart Aviation and Stobart Aviation Services at Southend say the airport has failed to adequately acknowledge their concerns over staffing, health and safety and training, among other issues.
The GMB is calling on Southend, which is owned by Stobart Group, to formally recognise the union for the purpose of collective bargaining and related matters.
While no dates have yet been set for any potential walkouts, the GMB has specifically stated the action would take place “over Christmas”.
Following the intervention of government conciliation service Acas, a meeting between GMB and Stobart has been convened next way in an attempt to break the impasse.
The GMB though says it is still awaiting confirmation from Stobart.