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Coordinated air strikes can ground the bosses’ attacks at London Luton Airport

Issue No. 2605

Luton Airport north of London

Luton Airport north of London (Pic: fr:Utilisateur:Steff)

Workers at London Luton airport are preparing to deliver a devastating blow to bosses in their fight against poverty pay and poor conditions.

Five different groups of workers, who work for three separate companies, are coordinating their action in a five-day series of rolling strikes.

Bosses are offering a pay increase of only 2.5 percent. But since the airport had a pre-tax profit of £44 million, Unite union members think they deserve more.

And Luton airport directors’ money increased by 59 percent.

First to walk out are firefighters and security guards, who are both employed directly by Luton airport. The firefighters plan to strike on Friday and Saturday of this week.

Then baggage handlers, who are outsourced to Menzies Aviation, plan to take action from 3am on 26 May until 2pm on Sunday 27 May. They voted by 92 percent to fight over pay, breaches of recognition agreement, poor working conditions and a lack of communication.

And they are followed by security staff—who voted 86 percent to strike—on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Air operations and engineering workers employed directly by the airport will also strike on Tuesday of next week.

And outsourced workers to Clece Care Service will round off the action by striking from 5am on 28 May until 5am on 30 May. They voted by 88 percent to strike over zero hours contracts, the living wage and allegations of management bullying.

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