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Luton Airport strikes will occur over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend as workers dispute pay and zero hours contracts.

But will a strike disrupt your bank holiday holiday plans? It is known strikes in the past have led to cancelled flights and delays.

A Sky News Breaking posted this evening explains that staff from multiple departments are striking.

It reads: “The Unite union says workers at London Luton Airport including baggage handlers, firefighters and security staff are to stage strikes over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in disputes over pay and zero hours contracts.”

A Luton Airport representative has provided with a comment on the action.

It reads: “We are disappointed that Unite members have chosen this course of action and recognise the uncertainty this news will cause for our passengers.

We are working with the 73% of staff who did not vote to strike, to mitigate the impact of any action.

We also remain committed to continuing discussions with Unite in the interim before any such action can take place. We will keep passengers regularly updated via our website.”

The strikes will take place after a ballot vote by Unite Union in favour of strike action.

If the strike goes forward, it will affect London Luton operation between 7:00am on Friday 25 May until 6:30am on Wednesday 30 May.

London Luton is home to one of the bases of budget airline EasyJet, and a number of domestic and international flights go from there.

It also services flights from budget airlines such as Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Wizz Air.

London Luton was recently named the fifth worst airport in the world.

Last month it was reported holidaymakers hoping to fly from Luton Airport this summer could face “significant disruption” as Unite union has announced potential strike action.

The union proposed a series of strike ballots over pay and zero-hours contracts – which could mean a Luton airport strike decision.

Unite, the largest union in the UK, revealed they are balloting members directly employed by Luton Airport.

Representing a variety of roles, firefighters and security guards employed by the airport are included.

Despite “sky high pay” increases of 59 per cent for bosses and a record number of passengers using the city suburb airport staff have failed to see the benefit revealed Unite.

A total of 15.8 million passengers used the airport in 2017, an 8.6 per cent increase on previous years.

As well as 2017 being highlighted as the busiest year for the airport, an increase in turnover of 10.8 per cent was announced.

A statement released by Unite stated that, despite months of negotiations, the company has offered to increase workers’ pay by just 2.15 per cent.

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