Bonus row: Stobart chief Warwick Brady
A potential £30 million bonus for the boss of airports firm Stobart has incensed staff threatening strikes later this month.
Staff at Stobart Aviation Services, who man the check-in desks for easyJet at Stansted, have been locked in a dispute about being paid 20 per cent less than workers doing the same jobs at other companies.
The union Unite has confirmed plans to strike at the end of the month.
Unite regional officer Mark Barter said: ‘The scandal that Stobart chief executive Warwick Brady could pocket a £30 million bonus leaves a very sour taste in the mouth for our low-paid Stobart members at Stansted Airport.’
One staff member told The Mail on Sunday workers had been ‘treated appallingly’ by Stobart.
Ahead of the company’s annual meeting on July 23 – just two days before the strikes are due to start – ISS has joined fellow shareholder advisory service Glass Lewis in advising investors to reject the company’s pay report and vote remuneration committee chairman John Coombs off the board.
Brady’s potential bonus is controversial because it was kept secret and not put to a shareholder vote.
But he would need to dramatically increase the value of the aviation business of Stobart, which owns Southend Airport, to cash in.
ISS accused Stobart of a ‘major breach of pay governance norms’.
Stobart said it would continue to engage with Unite to try to reach an agreement.