Luton security guards begin 13-day strike

Security guards employed by London Luton Airport today begin 13 days’ strike action over ‘heavy-handed’ changes to working time.

London Luton Airport is attempting to push through a new shift pattern affecting around 120 security guards which means the workforce will have to work an extra 15 days a year.

The security guards responsible for searches, baggage checks and general security across the airport will strike from 4.30am today until 9pm on Sunday and will take further action from 4.30am next Tuesday (May 7) until 9pm on May 13.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Luton Airport is taking a very heavy- handed approach by trying to force security guards to work an extra 15 days. As a result the airport has now provoked strike action over the bank holiday weekend.

“Security guards at Luton Airport work hard and have an incredibly important job to do. The airport needs to take responsibility for the staff shortages by doing what’s needed to recruit new staff rather than heaping all the burden on to its workforce.

“The union offered to put the strike on hold to allow  talks to continue but management is pressing ahead with its changes. The airport now faces serious disruption over the bank holiday unless management urgently enters into genuine negotiations.”

  • Addison Lee drivers in Luton are also taking strike action for the first time today, over pay, working conditions and a suitable prayer room.


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