7 days of strike action at Stansted set to impact Jubilee weekend

By , May 23, 2012 11:10 am
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Baggage handlers at Stansted airport are set for 7 days of strike action, starting today which looks set to impact the busy Jubilee weekend, when many UK travellers will take advantage of the extra bank holiday and head overseas.

The strike has been called by the GMB Union who represents the baggage handlers in a dispute over new rosters with their employer Swiss Port.

Strikes are planned at the following times:

  • 24 hours from 0530hrs on Wednesday 23 May
  • 48 hours from 0530hrs on Saturday 26 May
  • From 0530hrs on Saturday 2 June to 0529hrs, Wednesday 6 June

Stansted Airport and Swissport have both stated that they have contingency arrangements in place and plan to operate a full schedule.

Swissport serve the following airlines: Ryanair, Atlasjet, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Belleair.

Passengers who think that their flight may effected should check with their airline.

If your flight is delayed or cancelled due to strike action your first point of call should be your airline or tour operator. You have a contract with them to get you to certain destination at a certain time, if they are unable to do this they are legally required to look after you, this includes providing refreshments and/or accommodation if necessary.

Travel insurance cover for strikes

If your travel plans are affected by strike action you should have cover under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy, so long as you booked your holiday and bought travel insurance cover before the strike dates became public knowledge.

The level of cover for strikes provided by travel insurance will vary from policy to policy, so you should check the terms and conditions of your own travel insurance policy for details. However, in general the travel delay section of a travel insurance policy allows you to claim a benefit for every 12 or 24 hours that you are delayed. You should also get the option to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost if the delay exceeds a certain amount of time.

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