Over 100 low paid cleaners at Luton Airport employed by Sasse Group are calling for their pay to be brought in line with the real living wage of £8.75.

The workers who are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for staff and passengers at Luton Airport are currently struggling to make ends meet on the minimum wage of £7.83. Sasse has offered to increase their pay by between 15p and 20p an hour, well below the real Living Wage.

The cleaners are the second group of workers at Luton airport to demand fair pay. 

The cleaners have joined with staff at Luton Airport responsible for helping disabled passengers. The workers employed by Clece Care Services are on a toxic combination of zero hours and the minimum wage. The workers have taken a brave stand by taking two periods of strike action.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Growing passenger numbers at Luton mean that keeping the airport safe and clean for staff and passengers is hard work. Cleaners deserve a living wage so they can afford the day-to-day essentials.

“Profits are up for Sasse and Luton Airport. Together they must address the scourge of low pay for cleaners at the airport. The cleaners have been angered by a paltry pay offer of just 15p an hour for the day shift and 20p for night shift workers.

“Workers employed by Clece to provide services to disabled passengers at Luton are also in a battle for fair pay at Luton. They are on a toxic combination of zero hours and the minimum wage. 

“With healthy profits and growing passenger numbers, Luton and its contractors have no excuse for paying workers below the real Living Wage.”


Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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