Luton Airport strike, severe disruption over May bank holiday weekend

 Monday, May 14, 2018 


lutonDue to a series of strikes lasting for five days tens of thousands of travellers booked to fly in and out of the Luton Airport over the bank holiday weekend might have their journeys disrupted. On Friday 25 May the industrial action will start  which will go on till 6:30 am on Wednesday 30 May.



In a dispute over pay and zero hours’ contracts, the members of the Unite union working in several posts at the Bedfordshire airport voted to stop work.



There will be a 24 hours strike from 7 am on Friday 25 May by the firefighters while the Menzies Aviation ground staff (baggage handlers)  will stop working from 3 am on Saturday 26 May to 2pm on Sunday.



On Tuesday the security staff will strike from 3 am and the assistance staff working for Clece Care Services will not work for 48 hours from 5 am Monday.




The staff working in air operations and engineering will go on a 24 hour strike from 6:30 am on Tuesday, 29 May.



The union said about the pay offer as ‘paltry’ and Unite mentioned that there was a mere increase in worker’s pay by 2.15 % after a year but the passenger numbers increased by 8.6 percent and profits were up by £44m.




The Luton Airport authority mentioned that a pay offer of 2.5 % along with £150 for every member of the staff employed will be paid in July 2018.



The passengers were warned of severe disruption and  Unite’s regional officer, Jeff Hodge stated that the management will negotiate a deal to recognize the contribution workers make.



The airport’s spokesman said that they were disappointed of Unite members choosing this course of action that the uncertainty this news will cause to the passengers. Currently they are working with 73 percent of the staff who did not vote to strike that will mitigate the impact of any action.



The airport also remained committed to continue the discussion with Unite in the interim before any actions could take place and keep the passengers regularly.

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