Wizz Air plane in the air

Strike over pay at Luton Airport begins this Sunday

Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London Ground Handling Services at Luton Airport will begin a week-long strike over pay beginning on Sunday (3 March) evening.

The industrial action will commence on Sunday 3 March at 18:00 until Sunday 10 March at 17:59. 96 per cent of the workers that took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.

Unite submitted a pay claim at the beginning of 2018 calling for a fair pay increase. Management finally agreed to talks this week after workers overwhelmingly voted for strike action. However, management’s last minute offer still included a pay freeze for 2018 and modest increases for subsequent years, significantly below the current rate of inflation.

GH London Ground Handling Services 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: “GH London only agreed to talks just days before the strike was due to commence, its last minute offer was too little too late. Unite’s door remains open but the company must act urgently if it wants to avert the strike.

“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. Baggage handlers and check-in staff deserve an increase in pay so they can keep up with the rising cost of living.”

ENDS

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.

For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo 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.

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