Baggage handlers at London Luton are planning to walk out this coming bank holiday weekend, with other strikes possible too.
Although it has made an “enhanced pay offer” that has provisionally been accepted by one union, London Luton Airport is meeting with more unions to avoid strikes in other areas.
It is meeting with representatives of baggage handlers to try to avoid a strike, which could disrupt passengers and airlines this coming bank holiday weekend.
The union, Unite, is threatening that employees will walk out from 03:00 on Saturday May 26 until 14:00 on Sunday May 27.
In addition, passenger assistance provider CCS says it will be on strike on May 28-30.
The strike at the worst-ranked UK airport for flight delays would hit passengers flying to London with airlines such as easyJet, Vueling, Jet2, Air Nostrum, Blue Air and Tarom.
A pay offer that was presented to workers by the company that the baggage handlers work for, Menzies Aviation, “fails to recognise their hard work and the rising cost of living”, Unite says.
“In April, passenger numbers grew to 1.3 million people at Luton. That’s 15 months in a row of over a million passengers passing through the airport,” protests Unite officer Jeff Hodge.
“Baggage handlers at Luton Airport deserve a decent rate of pay for their contribution to the business.”
Other ground staff at Luton such as firefighters and security guards have postponed a strike of their own that was due to begin on Friday, after the airport management offered a new pay offer. This will be put to a vote.