HERE: Adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express London - Luton Airport, 2 Percival Way, Luton LU2 9GP

WHEN: Tuesday 17 July, 09.30 – 10.20

Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova MP, will visit workers on the picket line at Luton Airport to show support for the staff responsible for helping disabled passengers. They are in a battle with their employer Clece Care Services which stands accused of exploitation.

The workers will be taking 48 hour strike action from 05:00 on Tuesday 17 July to 04:59 on Thursday 19 July.

The vast majority of staff helping passengers are employed on zero hour contracts. To make matters worse, most staff are on the minimum wage, meaning they are on some of the worst terms and conditions in the UK.

Clece Care Services is a giant service provider which employs 70,000 workers. It has a series of major contracts in Spain but is also expanding into the UK and Portugal. In 2017 the company’s earnings (EBITDA) was €76 million. Luton airport announced profits of £39.7 million and carried almost 16 million passengers in 2017.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “The workers’ demands are reasonable, they want an end to zero hours and their pay brought up to the real living wage.

“The blame for this dispute lies squarely with Clece Care Services and Luton Airport. Luton Airport announced profits of £39,651 million and carried almost 16 million passengers in 2017, while Clece is a giant service provider - it can afford to lift these workers out of poverty pay.

“The workforce takes great pride in providing services to disabled passengers, despite being on a toxic combination of zero hours and the minimum wage. They are in a ‘David & Goliath’ battle, taking a brave stand against exploitation.”

ENDS 

For more information please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315

  • 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.