Staff employed by Menzies Aviation at Luton Airport have secured a pay increase of almost nine per cent after successful negotiations prevented industrial action and delivered significant improvements for the workforce.

The deal means a typical baggage handlers’ annual pay will increase by around £1,670 by January 2019.

Baggage handlers, check-in staff, passenger service assistants and security staff at Luton airport overwhelmingly voted to accept the pay offer worth 8.75 per cent. Workers will receive an additional £1 an hour for working unsociable hours. The union and management have also agreed to make significant improvements to working conditions at Luton which had been a long running concern for the workforce at the airport.

The agreement was struck after a series of talks with Menzies Aviation following a vote by the workers in favour of strike action.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “The workforce took a brave stand in order to improve their working conditions and pay. By standing together they achieved just that. Not only did they secure a deserved inflation beating pay increase of almost nine per cent, management is now working with the union to make significant improvements to working conditions."

The workforce will receive a five per cent increase backdated to October 2017 followed by 3.75 per cent or RPI (whichever is higher) from January 2019. Workers will also get an additional £1 per hour for an unsociable hours premium for hours worked from 00:00 am to 04:59 effective May 2019.


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