Staff employed by Menzies Aviation at Luton Airport who are members of the trade union Unite will receive a wage increase of 8.75%.
The agreement was struck after a series of pay negotiations with Menzies, which commenced following a vote by workers in favour of strike action. This has now been averted.
Baggage handlers, check-in staff, passenger service assistants and security staff at the airport voted overwhelmingly to accept the pay offer, Unite announced on 17 September 2018.
The affected employees will receive a 5% pay increase, backdated to October 2017, followed by either a further 3.75% or the retail price index (RPI) inflation rate, whichever is higher, from January 2019. Workers will also receive an additional premium of £1 per hour for work between the times of 00:00 and 04:59, effective from May 2019.
The pay deal will increase a typical baggage handler’s pay by around £1,670 by January 2019, according to Unite.
Jeff Hodge, Unite regional officer, said: “The workforce took a brave stand in order to improve their working conditions and pay. Not only did they secure a deserved inflation-beating pay increase of almost 9%, but management are also now working with the union to make significant improvements to working conditions.”
Menzies Aviation was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.