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Published on Monday, May 20, 2019

Security staff to strike at London Luton

Security staff at London Luton Airport are to go on strike for 12 days from Thursday, the second strike this month.

Unite the union said previous series of strikes at the beginning of May caused 'significant delays' at the airport.

The strikes are in protest against 'heavy-handed' shift changes, affecting around 120 security guards, which Unite says will force them to work an extra 15 days a year and only get nine free weekends a year.

The staff, who are responsible for searches, baggage checks and general security across the airport, will walk out from Thursday 23 May at 04:30 until Monday 3 June at 20:59.

Unite regional officer, Jeff Hodge said: "The workers are standing firm and are determined to ensure the airport treats them fairly.

"The airport must suspend the implementation of the new shift pattern to allow further talks. It's time for management to get around the negotiating table to reach a fair deal."

A spokesperson for London Luton Airport said: "We would like to reassure passengers that this strike involves only a small number of our security staff.

"During previous action by the same group of Unite members earlier this month, there was no disruption to passengers with average wait times of five minutes. We have the same robust contingency plans in place this time and remain open to further discussions with Unite."

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