Security guards at Luton Airport go on strike

Members of the Unite union striking over shift patterns Credit: ITV News Anglia

Security guards at Luton airport have launched a lengthy strike in a disputeover shift patterns.

Members of Unite walked out on Wednesday and will remain on strike until July 23 unless talks next week lead to a breakthrough.

The union said the airport was imposing a new shift pattern affecting around120 security guards which means they will have to work an extra 15 days a year.

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."

Jeff Hodge, Unite

An airport spokesman said: "Previous walkouts by the same small number of Unite members have not caused any disruption and we would like to reassure passengers that it will be no different this time.

"Whilst we are disappointed Unite are continuing with their strike, we are pleased that Unite has finally agreed to meet with us and we remain committed to finding a resolution."

Luton Airport spokesman