Mobility assistants at Luton Airport are set to stage a week-long strike, while cleaners employed by Sasse are voting on industrial action in disputes regarding pay. Members of the Unite union employed by Clece Care Services have voted to walk out from 5am on November 8 until 5pm on November 15.
Sasse was awarded the Luton airport contract in April and has offered a deal to increase workers’ pay over the next three years but Unite claims staff will still be earning below the real Living Wage by 2021
The union is also pointing partial blame on Luton, saying the airport “refused to intervene to insist its contractors pay at least the real Living Wage and treat workers at the airport with dignity”.
Jeff Hodge, regional officer at Unite, said “It’s time for Luton airport to get its house in order. This year alone there have been five separate disputes over pay involving workers. The airport is suffering reputational damage. While three of the disputes were resolved after workers took a stand, the two disputes which remain unresolved involve the worst paid and worst treated workers at the airport. This is plain wrong and it’s time for action.”