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Brave stand secures pay win

Unite’s nine per cent rise for Luton Airport workers
Ciaran Naidoo, Monday, September 17th, 2018

Staff employed by Menzies at Luton Airport have secured a pay increase of almost 9 per cent after successful negotiations prevented industrial action and delivered significant improvements for the workforce.


The deal means a typical baggage handlers’ annual pay will increase by around £1,670 by January 2019.


Baggage handlers, check-in staff, passenger service assistants and security staff at Luton airport overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer worth 8.75 per cent. Workers will receive an additional £1 an hour for working unsociable hours. The union and management have also agreed to make significant improvements to working conditions at Luton which had been a long running concern for the workforce at the airport.


The agreement was struck after a series of talks with Menzies Aviation following a vote by the workers in favour of strike action.


Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge said, “The workforce took a brave stand in order to improve their working conditions and pay. By standing together they achieved just that. Not only did they secure a deserved inflation beating pay increase of almost 9 per cent, management are now working with the union to make significant improvements to working conditions.”


The workforce will receive a 5 per cent increase backdated to October 2017 followed by 3.75 per cent or the RPI (whichever is higher) from January 2019. Workers will also get an additional £1 per hour for an unsociable hours premium for hours worked from 00:00 am to 04:59 am effective May 2019.




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