Stansted baggage handlers due to strike over Easter

By , March 30, 2012 10:54 am
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Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport in Essex have voted for strike action over the Easter Weekend. The GMB Union have announced that 150 of its members who work for the ground handling company Swissport will strike on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday due to a row over pay and shift patterns.

Those concerned about their flights being affected should contact their airline for the latest information.

Travel insurance cover for strikes and industrial action

Generally speaking, as long as you have booked your holiday and bought your travel insurance before strike dates are announced you will be covered under the travel delay section of your travel insurance, if your flight or holiday is affected by industrial action. So it’s important to buy travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday, you never know when a strike could be announced.

The travel delay section of your travel insurance policy will usually allow you to claim a fixed benefit for every 12 hours you are delayed, or if you have a long delay eg. Over 12 or 24 hours, you will usually have the option to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost. You should check your travel insurance policy wording to see the full terms and conditions.

EU Law and your rights

Depending on the circumstances, European law requires airlines to provide assistance to passengers during delays. This includes catering, communications and overnight accommodation if necessary. If a delay extends beyond five hours, passengers can request a refund if they choose not to travel. If a flight is cancelled alternative flight options should be offered. Where these are unacceptable a full ticket refund should be provided, and in some instances compensation.

For more information on flight delays and your rights visit The CAA website

Keeping up to date on how flights are affected by strike action

If your travel plans are affected by industrial action, a good place to keep up to date with how airports are affected is the Euro Control Twitter page, which posts the latest information on airports across Europe.

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