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Luton baggage handlers to strike

Passengers in Luton airport

Baggage handlers at Luton airport have voted to go on strike from 20-22 July after rejecting a pay a pay deal from Menzies Aviation.

Members of the Unite union employed by Menzies say the company’s pay offer “still fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living”.

Unite says it is meeting with Menzies today for negotiations, but if this fails the proposed strike is due to begin at 0300 on 20 July and finish at 1359 on 22 July – the peak opening weekend of the summer holiday season.

Unite says the firm’s annual report shows underlying profit of £58.8 million and that its “workers believe the company can do more to recognise the contribution they have made” to its success.

Jeff Hodge, regional officer at Unite, commented: “Menzies Aviation boosted its profits by a massive 72 per cent and workers at Luton airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard work. Baggage handlers have also accused Menzies of failing to communicate, breaking agreements and reneging on promises, including a commitment to improve working conditions.”

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