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London Luton baggage handlers to strike

A union is rallying its members to walk out over three days in July, in a protest over pay.

Baggage handlers at London’s Luton Airport have voted to reject a pay offer from their employer Menzies Aviation and embark on a new wave of strikes starting later in July.

The union Unite argues that the offered deal fails to recognise the employees’ hard work as well as the rising cost of living.

However, a strike may yet not take place as the union is continuing to meet Menzies to urge the company to resolve the dispute.

Strike action by workers employed by Menzies Aviation is set to begin at 03:00 on July 20 and to continue until 13:59 on July 22, likely to cause further delays and congestion at an already time-challenged airport.

Company’s success
According to its latest annual report, Menzies increased its underlying profit by 72% to £58.8 million (€66.4 million) and the union claims that the workers believe it can do more to recognise the contribution they have made to the success of the company.

“Menzies Aviation boosted its profits by a massive 72% and workers at Luton Airport believe the company can do more to recognise their hard work,” said Unite’s regional officer Jeff Hodge.

“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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