Union members strike at the Luton Airport over shift patterns

 Thursday, May 2, 2019 


Starting from May 1, security guards at the London Luton will be on strike for 13 days in May.


The first series of strike will continue until Sunday May 5 at 8.59pm which will again resume on Tuesday May 7 at 4:40 am and will end on Monday May 13 at 8.59 pm.

On May 1 the taxi drivers also went on a strike from 5 am on Wednesday. The 24-hour strike will be impacting travellers at the Luton Airport.


Cab operator Addison Lee is known to hike the commission rates to 35 per cent last autumn. It has an exclusive contract to operate taxis from infront of the terminal building and charges drivers £210 per week to hire a vehicle, leaving some drivers paid just £4.72 per hour.


The strike is basically to unite members responsible for searches, baggage checks and general security across the airport who feel heavy-handed over changes to shifts.



Around 120 guards will be affected by the new shift pattern and would imply that the staff end up working an extra 15 days in a year.



Jeff Hodge, Unite regional officer said that the Luton Airport is taking a very heavy-handed approach by trying to force security guards to work an extra 15 days.Due to this the airport has now provoked strike action over the bank holiday weekend.



Security guards at Luton Airport work very hard and have an incredibly important job to do. The airport will be responsible for staff shortages by doing what is required to recruits new staff rather than heaping the burden on its workforce.



The management has been pressing ahead with its changes although Unite offered to put the strike on hold and wanted talks to continue.Luton Airport mentioned that they had contingency plans in place and Unite claimed that the strikes will be causing serious disruption.


An airport spokesperson mentioned that they were disappointed Unite is pressing ahead with industrial action; however we they had robust contingency plans in place to minimise disruption to passengers.


The industrial action will not be affecting flights but passengers were advised to allow extra time as security wait times may be slightly longer than usual.

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