There is chaos and disruption on the way for Wizz Air as its ground handler workers at London Luton announce strikes.
It is understood that the first strikes will take place on August 30, and will last for 24 hours, with further walkouts on September 6 & 13 also due to be scheduled.
The reason for the strike action is down to the Ground Handling company that the Hungarian carrier contracts, GH London Ground Handling Services Ltd, over the company continually targeting and threatening a Unite rep with disciplinary action, as well as other reasons:
- Audio recording of workers in break rooms without agreement.
- Company’s failure to follow its own disciplinary and grievance process.
- Disproportionate use of discipline against ethnic minority employees.
- Failure to pay wages in full and on time.
Big List of Charges for Wizz Air’s Ground Handler To Address at London Luton…
Commenting on the strike action by Wizz Air’s ground handlers at London Luton was Unite general secretary, Sharon Graham:
“GH London’s conduct is appalling; workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace and the company’s behaviour falls far below that standard.
“Unite always puts the jobs, pay and conditions of its members first and the workers at GH London will be receiving the union’s unflinching support.”
Adding to this was the union’s regional officer, Richard Gates:
“The strikes will cause huge disruption to Wizz’s schedule but GH London has brought this dispute on itself. Unite has given the company every opportunity to improve its conduct and it has refused to do so.”
It will be interesting to see whether these disputes will be resolved quickly or not, as ultimately, it is going to affect Wizz Air’s operations out of London Luton, a base that they have been making a lot of news and shouts about.
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