Low paid workers at Luton Airport employed by Sasse have given 100 per cent backing for strike action as part of their ongoing campaign for pay justice.

The workers who are responsible for maintaining a safe and clean environment for staff and passengers at Luton Airport are currently struggling to make ends meet on the minimum wage of £7.83. Sasse which was awarded the contract by Luton Airport in April this year has 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.

Unite members employed by Sasse will take a week of strike action commencing at 18.30 on 4 December , concluding at 18.29 on 11 December. 100 per cent of the workers who took part in the ballot voted for strike action.

Unite members employed by Clece Care Services who took a week of strike action earlier this month will also take action for a fourth time from 5 December until 8 December.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Low paid cleaners at Luton Airport have voted solidly for strike action and passenger assistants helping the disabled will also be striking for a fourth time. These are the worst paid and worst treated workers at the airport but they are fighting back. Their treatment by both their employer and by the airport is plain wrong but the staff have shown resilience and determination.

“With healthy profits and growing passenger numbers, Luton and its contractors have no excuse for paying workers below the real living wage. It’s time the airport and its contractors got their houses in order.”

In 2017 Sasse increased its turnover by 21 per cent to £9 million and London Luton Airport announced profits of nearly £40 million and carried almost 16 million passengers in 2017 but the airport has refused to intervene to insist its contractors pay at least the Real Living Wage and treat workers at the airport with dignity.

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 £9.00 outside the capital.


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