Baggage handlers announce strike dates at Heathrow and Luton

Hundreds of baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by GH London at Heathrow and Luton airports are set to start strike action later this month in April in two separate disputes over low pay.

More than 300 workers at Heathrow’s Terminals 2 and 4 will strike from midnight on April 26  to midnight on April 29 after members voted overwhelmingly by 99.2% to take strike action on a turnout of 68.4%. Workers are angry at a six year pay freeze and seeking to secure a minimum pay rate of the London living wage.

Meanwhile more than 120 GH London workers at Luton Airport are planning to walk out at the same time in a one week stoppage from 6pm on April 26 to 6pm on May 3. An earlier stoppage in March at Luton had been called off because of an improved pay offer, but the company has subsequently changed the structure of the deal angering the workforce.

Airlines handled by GH London in Heathrow Terminal 2 and Terminal 4 include Air India, Thai Airlines, AlItalia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Gulf Air, Air Serbia, Air Mauritius, Bulgaria Air, TunisAir, Tarom and Air Malta.

At Luton Airport GH London provides ground-handling services to Wizz Air. Wizz Air is a low-cost airline serving mainly central and eastern Europe with around 42 routes from Luton.

Kevin Hall Unite regional officer representing the workers at Heathrow said: “The overwhelming vote for strike action is proof that workers at Heathrow are fed up with year on year pay freezes.

“There is a lot of anger with more and more workers joining Unite to demand an end to this pay injustice.

“It is now time for GH London to recognise its workers’ contribution with a significant pay increase and a commitment to pay a minimum of the London living wage.”

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