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Airport workers

Issue No. 1977

Ground staff at London Luton airport are set to be asked whether they would support moves for strike action after the T&G union discovered what it says is the exploitation of Polish workers.

John Street, T&G regional organiser, said the union has been told that Big Orange Handling, the ground handling operation for EasyJet at Luton, is using an agency which is bringing workers in directly to Luton from Poland.

According to information given to the union, these workers are being paid substantially less than British workers doing the same job.

“If someone is doing a job they should be paid the rate for that work and in the case of the ground handlers for Big Orange Handling that is just over £7 an hour,” said John Street.

“We believe the workers coming in from the agency are not being paid that.

“If this is the case, we will ask our members at that company if they will support a ballot for strike action as part of a campaign to get justice for the Polish workers.”

Big Orange Handling is a jointly owned venture between EasyJet and Menzies.

The union is making further investigations about the conditions of the Polish workers.

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Sat 19 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1977
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