Baggage handlers and check-in staff at Luton Airport vote for strike action
- Monday 18 February 2019
Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London Ground Handling Services (formerly known as Azzurra Ground Handling) at Luton Airport have voted for strike action over the company’s decision to impose a pay freeze on hard-working staff.
A week-long strike will commence on Sunday 3rd March at 6:00pm until Sunday 10th March at 5:59pm. 96 per cent of the workers that took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.
Since Unite submitted a pay claim at the beginning of 2018 the workers’ representatives have been calling for talks. Now that workers have overwhelmingly backed strike action the company has requested talks which the union hopes will be constructive and meaningful.
GH London provides ground-handling services to Wizz Air at Luton Airport. Wizz Air is a low-cost airline serving mainly Central and Eastern Europe with around 42 routes from Luton.
Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Unite has been calling for meaningful talks with GH London since the beginning of 2018. This strike vote is a result of the company’s failure to listen to its workforce who face a cut in their living standards. Now that the company is prepared to meet, we hope we can get constructive talks underway to resolve this dispute.
“Luton Airport is one of the busiest airports in the UK. A strike by baggage handlers and check-in staff will cause considerable disruption to flights. It is time for GH London to recognise the contribution workers make by increasing pay so they can keep up with the rising cost of living.
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 focussed on pay and conditions.
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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.