Cleaners at Luton Airport will take further strike action over the Christmas period as the workers step-up their ongoing battle against low pay.

A second week-long strike by workers at Luton Airport employed by Sasse will get underway from 6.30am Friday 21 December until Friday 28 December 6.29am. 

The first phase of industrial action which ended on Tuesday 11 December was well supported and now the airport faces a further seven days of disruption over the busy Christmas period.

Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge said: “Workers at Luton are striking for a second time. The cleaners are fighting against poverty pay this Christmas because Luton Airport and Sasse refuse to recognise the real hardship the workers and their families face.

“By 2021 cleaners at Luton Airport still won’t be earning a real Living Wage which is the minimum that workers need to get by. In 2017 Sasse increased its turnover by 21 per cent to £9 million and London Luton Airport announced profits of nearly £40 million. It is an absolute disgrace that the airport and its contractor won’t pay a wage workers can live on.”

The workers currently can’t make ends meet on the minimum wage of £7.83. Sasse which was awarded the contract by Luton Airport in April this year have offered a three year pay deal to increase workers’ pay, but by 2021 workers will still be earning below the real Living Wage of £9.00.

 On 5 November the Living Wage Foundation announced an increase in the real Living Wage by 35p an hour to £10.55 in London and by 25p to £9 outside the capital.


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