Baggage handlers at Luton Airport have voted to reject a new pay offer from their employer Menzies Aviation which workers say still fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living.

Unite is meeting with Menzies today ( Monday 9 July) to urge the cmpany to resolve the dispute. Strike action by workers employed by Menzies Aviation is due to begin at 03:00 on 20 July,  concluding at 13:59 on 22 July 2018.

According to the company’s latest annual report, Menzies Aviation increased its underlying profit by 72 per cent to £58.8 million and workers believe the company can do more to recognise the contribution they have made to the success of the company.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Menzies Aviation boosted its profits by a massive 72 per cent and workers at Luton Airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard work. Baggage handlers have also accused Menzies of failing to communicate, breaking agreements and reneging on promises including a commitment to improve working conditions.

“Unite is meeting with Menzies today and we urge management to recognise the workers’ grievances and resolve this dispute.”


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.

For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315