Strike action at Luton Airport hit Wizz Air

Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London Ground Handling Services at Luton Airport have voted for strike action.

The decision was taken in response to the company’s decision to impose a pay freeze on staff.

A week-long strike will commence on Sunday, March 3rd at 18:00, the Unite union said.

Some 96 per cent of the workers that took part in the ballot voted in favour of strike action.

Figures on turn out were not revealed by Unite.

GH London (formerly known as Azzurra Ground Handling) provides ground-handling services to Wizz Air at Luton Airport.

Wizz Air is a low-cost airline serving mainly central and eastern Europe with around 42 routes from Luton.

Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge, said: “Unite has been calling for meaningful talks with GH London since the beginning of 2018.

“This strike vote is a result of the company’s failure to listen to its workforce who face a cut in their living standards.

“Now that the company is prepared to meet, we hope we can get constructive talks underway to resolve this dispute.”

flybmi

At the same time, Unite has called for urgent talks with flybmi’s administrators about a possible buyer for the airline following its collapse into administration.

Unite has about 40 members, including cabin crew and maintenance staff, working for the East Midlands Airport-based airline.

Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel, said: “Unite will be seeking urgent meetings with the company and the administrators to ensure that the workforce are not left out of pocket and that their wages are paid in full.

“We will also be pressing for a buyer to be found so that our members can continue to serve passengers into the future.”

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