Hard bargaining ahead as EasyJet baggage staff vote to strike

baggage handlers at Luton  airport have
voted to strike over pay and management’s failure to honour a union recognition

all, 98 per cent voted in favour of industrial action.

the company and unions met to discuss trade union recognition.

and Amicus want an agreement that covers both unions at EasyJet and Go –
following the merger of the two companies.

deputy general secretary Tony Woodley said: "In spite of the obvious
difficulties I remain hopeful that further discussions with the company
scheduled for next week at the TUC may resolve our problems."

of the T&G also say the imposed 1.3 per cent pay increase is inadequate and
want assurance that their terms and conditions will be protected through the
merger with Go.

regional industrial organiser John Street said: "Our members want a
realistic pay offer which is not linked to performance or target setting. The
1.3 per cent imposed by the company does not meet their needs.

threat of a strike is very real. The company has rightly agreed to meet us with
a view to addressing our members’ concerns."

T&G is also demanding that EasyJet recognises the union following a
recognition ballot where 97 per cent of baggage handlers and 96 per cent of
cabin crew voted in favour of the T&G being recognised.

By Paul Nelson

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