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Luton Airport Security Staff Striking Again Over Shifts Issue!

Airport security staff at Luton airport is all set to strike again over the bank holiday weekend due to the changes in their shift pattern.

The member of the union will walk out from Thursday i.e., 23 May till 3rd of June, including the bank holiday weekend too in the strike days.

It is their second strike of the month, as they stopped working between 1st- 5th  May and then between 7th- 13th May over shifts protest. The union says that about 120 security guards will be affected as a result of new shift patterns and they would have to work 15 days extra in a year due to shift changes. According to the union, the members are angry over these changes, so they are heading for a strike again.

But the good news for the passengers is that Luton airport has announced that contingency plan is available to ensure that there is minimum disruption during the strike days.

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What is the version of the union regarding strike?

Jeff Hodge, Unite regional officer states “security guards at Luton airport are preparing to set up their campaign against management’s heavy-handed changes”

In their allegations, the union says that the airport is forcing its workers to work for remarkably unsocial hours. Due to new shifts, the workers will only get nine weekends in a year. Unite believes that the security staff is not being recruited keeping in view of the ever increasing number of passengers and ultimately the burden is increasing over the existing staff.

What is Luton airport plan to diffuse strike effects?

As was the case with the previous strike earlier this month, the airport again has “robust contingency plans” to efficiently handle any potential disruptions.

The airport spokesperson has reassured the passengers that only a small number of their security staff is involved in the strike, hence there is no chance of any major disruptions during the strike days. According to him, there were no major problems witnessed during their strike earlier this month and the passengers average time of waiting was not more than five minutes. The same plan is going to be implemented for their next protest too. He further added that the negotiation doors with the union are always open!

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Source: bbc.com

  Posted by Leah Murphy on Tue, May 21, 2019

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