14 MAY 2018

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Article from BTNews 14 MAY 2018

Luton facing strike action

Passengers are facing disruption over the spring bank holiday later this month after Luton Airport staff including baggage handlers, firefighters and security staff in the Unite union voted to strike in a dispute over pay and zero hours contracts.

In a statement, the airport said: “We are disappointed Unite members have chosen this course of action and recognise the uncertainty this news will cause for passengers.

“We are working with the 73% of staff who did not vote to strike to mitigate the impact of any action. We also remain committed to continuing discussions with Unite in the interim before any such action can take place.”

The statement said the airport had offered staff a 2.5% pay increase plus £150 for every employee to be paid in July. This was made on 17 April and formally rejected by Unite on 23 April. Unite had not responded with a counter proposal.

The statement noted that tomorrow (Tuesday), the airport’s profit share scheme was due to pay every qualifying employee £5,145. Only 16% of UK companies offered such a scheme, it added.

The industrial action is due to take place at different times between 07:00 on 25 May and 06:30 on 30 May.

www.london-luton.co.uk

www.unitetheunion.org

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