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Baggage handlers at Luton Airport to strike over pay and poor treatment

Talks are being held today (Thursday 19 July) through the conciliation service Acas after workers rejected a revised offer from their employer Menzies Aviation. Workers say the offer still fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living. The baggage handlers have also accused Menzies of failing to communicate and reneging on promises including a commitment to improve working conditions.

The strike action is due to begin at 03:00 on 20 July,  concluding at 13:59 on 22 July 2018. Menzies provides services to easyJet, Blue Air, Vueling and Tarom at Luton Airport.

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 failed to recognise the serious grievances baggage handlers have about their pay and conditions.

“The workers have accused Menzies of failing to communicate, breaking agreements and reneging on promises including a commitment to improve working conditions. For instance in the middle of a heatwave Menzies failed to install any air conditioning in one crew room, and the workers then have to haul baggage in the heat. 

“It’s unfortunate that there has been a complete breakdown of trust towards management. The company increased its profits by a massive 72 per cent and workers at Luton Airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard-work and improve the poor working 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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