1. ITV Report

Luton Airport workers to strike over May Bank Holiday weekend

Workers at Luton airport, including baggage handlers, firefighters and security staff have voted to strike over the May Bank Holiday weekend in a dispute over pay and zero hours contracts.

The Unite union has warned of disruption to flights unless a series of rows with the airport and contractors are resolved.

Luton Airport workers to strike over May Bank Holiday weekend Credit: ITV Anglia

Workers voted in a series of ballots to take industrial action, which will be held at different times between May 25 and May 30.

"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."

– Unite officer Jeff Hodge
Luton Airport workers to strike over May Bank Holiday weekend Credit: ITV Anglia

Workers directly employed by Luton airport in several different roles including firefighters and security guards voted overwhelmingly for strike action.

Unite members at Menzies Aviation, which undertakes baggage handling, also voted in favour of strike action over pay.

Workers employed by Clece Care Services, which provide assistance at the airport to passengers with reduced mobility, also backed industrial action over zero hours contracts and pay.

"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."

– Luton Airport statement

Details of the strike dates are:

  • Firefighters from 7am Friday May 25 until 7pm Saturday May 26
  • Security from 3am Monday May 28 until 5am Tuesday May 29
  • Air operations and engineering from 6.30am Tuesday May 29 until 6.30am Wednesday May 30
  • Menzies Aviation from 3am Saturday May 26 until 2pm Sunday May 27
  • Clece Care Services from 5am Monday May 28 until 5am Wednesday May 30