Security guards employed by London Luton Airport have ended their long running dispute following a breakthrough in negotiations and a subsequent vote to accept a new shift pattern.

The security guards have taken 73 days of strike action and there have been ongoing talks with Acas, but a breakthrough was reached after the company finally accepted alternative proposals which the workers could also support.

Unite regional officer Jeff Hodge said: “Through the hard work of Unite representatives and the resilience and solidarity of Unite members, the workers have won a vast improvement to the company’s proposed shift pattern.

“The workers have now agreed shifts which mean an increase in rest days plus an increase in the number of weekends that members spend with their family. It’s proof that when workers stand united and they have the backing of Unite it’s possible to win significant improvements.”

London Luton Airport had imposed a new shift pattern affecting around 120 security guards which meant the workforce would have to work an extra 15 days a year without extra pay and workers lost a number of full weekends.


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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.