Luton Airport staff to strike for 12 days this week as thousands jet off for bank holiday (Image: Getty Images)
Luton airport security staff are to strike for the second time this month, starting on Thursday. The industrial action comes amid disagreement over security guard working hours and “heavy-handed” shift changes. Beginning on 23 May, the strike will last for 12 days and end on Monday 3 June. However, Luton Airport has said they are not expecting any disruption as a result of the walkout.
Luton Airport staff to strike for 12 days this week as thousands jet off for bank holiday
However, passengers are urged to check the status of their flights throughout the strike period.Why are Luton staff striking?
Workers union Unite is claiming Luton “force” staff to work antisocial hours.
“London Luton Airport is attempting to push through a new shift pattern affecting around 120 security guards which forces them to work an extra 15 days a year and will only get nine free weekends a year,” said Unite in a statement.
The union added: “Unite believes the recruitment of security staff has not matched increasing passenger numbers; instead the airport is putting all the burden on its existing workers, forcing them to work an extra 15 days a year.”
Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: "Security guards at Luton Airport are preparing to step up their campaign against management’s heavy-handed changes.
“The airport is trying to force their staff to work significantly more unsocial hours. Workers will only get nine weekends a year off and will have to work an extra 15 days a year.
“Unite has notified Luton Airport that the workers are planning 12 days of strike action which include the bank holiday weekend.
Luton Airport has said they are not expecting any disruption as a result of the walkout (Image: