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11 May 2018, 18:19 | Updated: 11 May 2018, 18:22
Members of the Unite union at Luton Airport have announced a series of walkouts of key workers, which could badly disrupt flights.
The Unite union says:
"Severe disruption is possible between 7am on Friday 25 May through to 630am on Wednesday 30 May.
Workers directly employed by London Luton Airport in several different roles including firefighters and security guards voted overwhelmingly for strike action. The strike ballot is in response to the company’s paltry pay offer, despite sky high pay increases for the bosses and record passenger numbers.
Despite months of negotiations the company has offered to increase workers’ pay by just 2.5 per cent. But according to the latest financial statement workers helped to deliver an increase in turnover of 10.8 per cent to £163m and an increase in pre-tax profits to £44m."
Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said:
“London Luton Airport now faces severe disruption unless management get around the table and negotiate a fair deal which recognises the contribution workers make.
Turnover at Luton airport is up, company profits are up and passenger numbers are up. This April alone saw passenger numbers growing to 1.3 million people. That’s the 15th consecutive month of over a million passengers passing through the airport. Workers at Luton airport deserve a decent rate of pay for their work and to be treated fairly by management.
These ballot results demonstrate that members will no longer accept paltry pay and unfair treatment while their bosses constantly squeeze every last penny to boost profits.”
In response, a spokesman for London Luton Airport (LLA) has said:
"We are disappointed that Unite members have chosen this course of action and recognise the uncertainty this news will cause for our 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.
We will keep passengers regularly updated via our website”.
LLA say their pay offer is 2.5% pay increase plus £150 for every employee to be paid in July 2018. This offer was made on 17 April and formally rejected by Unite on 23 April.
• London Luton Airport Firefighters from 7:00am Friday 25th May until 7:00pm Saturday 26th May
• London Luton Airport Security from 03:00am Monday 28th May until 05:00am Tuesday 29th May
• London Luton Airport ( staff including air operations and engineering) from 06:30am Tuesday 29th May until 6:30am Wednesday 30th May
• Menzies Aviation from 03:00am Saturday 26th May until 14:00pm Sunday 27th May
• Clece Care Services from 05:00am Monday 28th May until 05:00am Wednesday 30th May