Wizz Air Luton passengers face 'serious disruption'

GH London baggage handlers and check-in staff servicing Wizz Air Luton balloted for strike action over pay

Wizz Air passengers at Luton airport will face ‘serious disruption’ if baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London Ground Handling Services vote to strike over pay.

Unite said around 100 of its members are being balloted over GH London’s failure to introduce promised improvements to sick pay for all employees. Workers are also being balloted over wages consistently not being paid on time.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “GH London needs to sort its pay roll issues out immediately. It is unacceptable that workers are not being paid when they should be. GH London must also provide, as it promised to do, all staff proper company sick pay.

“A strike by check-in staff and baggage handlers at Luton airport will cause serious disruption for Wizz Air passengers, which is why we are urging GH London to resolve these issues before the dispute escalates further,” she added.

“We back our GH London members all the way in this fight and they have their union’s full support.”

Wizz Air is based at Luton airport and flies to more than 140 destinations.

The ballot for strike action opens tomorrow (March 16) and closes March 31.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodges said, “GH London are in danger of a complete breakdown in industrial relations because of the management’s broken promises and ineptitude in relation to these issues.

“There is still an opportunity to resolve this dispute and avoid strike action. I suggest GH London takes it.”

By Ryan Fletcher

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