Workers at Luton Airport step up action with 49 day strike
- Wednesday 5 June 2019
Security guards employed by London Luton Airport will take strike action through most of June and July in a dispute over ‘heavy-handed’ changes to working time.
The workers will begin their fourth period of strike action today (Wednesday 5 June) from 04:30 through to Tuesday 23 July at 20:59. Unite is meeting the airport with Acas next Wednesday (12 June) to try to resolve the dispute.
London Luton Airport is imposing a new shift pattern affecting around 120 security guards which means the workforce will have to work an extra 15 days a year. Workers say the new shift pattern is taking a heavy toll on their well-being.
The new shift pattern means:
- Working an extra 15 days and only getting 9 full weekends free a year
- Workers have less rest time between shifts
- The new shift means workers incur additional costs in childcare, and travel
- I impacts workers with caring responsibilities
95 per cent of the workers who took part in the ballot voted for strike action.
Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Security guards are determined to fight back against Luton Airport’s heavy-handed and antisocial shift changes. Management are trying to force staff to work for longer, with shorter breaks, while piling extra costs on the workforce. The airport management have even callously cut the amount of free weekends workers get to spend with their friends and family.
"The airport needs to take responsibility for the staff shortages by doing what’s needed to recruit new staff rather than heaping all the burden on its workforce.
“The airport now faces disruption through most of June and July. This latest strike represents a significant failure on the part of management at Luton Airport. Workers would not be taking this action unless they had genuine and serious grievances. We hope the airport listens and works with Unite to resolve this dispute.”
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 focused on pay and conditions.
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- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.