Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by Azzurra Ground Handling at Luton Airport will begin voting for industrial action today (Wednesday 30 January) over the company’s decision to impose a pay freeze on hardworking staff.

Unite, which represents the majority of workers at Azzurra, submitted a pay claim at the beginning of 2018 but despite numerous attempts to get meaningful pay talks underway the company has refused to engage with the workforce.

Azzurra provides ground-handling services to Wizz Air at Luton Airport. Wizz Air is a low-cost airline with around 42 routes from Luton.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Luton Airport is one of the busiest airports in the UK and Azzurra should be recognising the contribution baggage handlers and check-in staff make by increasing pay so workers can keep up with the rising cost of living.

“The union has been calling for meaningful talks since the beginning of 2018. Azzurra’s failure leaves workers with no other choice but to begin a ballot for strike action. If a strike goes ahead it will lead to considerable disruption to flights out of Luton. We hope the company will now sit down with the workers’ representatives and resolve this dispute.”

Cleaners at Luton Airport employed by Sasse recently voted to end their strike over pay after the workers voted to back an improved pay offer from the company. Cleaners on the day shift will receive an increase of five per cent and night shift workers will get a six per cent increase backdated to October 2018 up to April 2019, followed by a three per cent increase for the day shift and a four per cent increase for the night shift from April 2019 to April 2020.


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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.