BRIT holidaymakers are set to face even more travel chaos as more strikes have been announced and hundreds of flights are likely to be affected.
Wizz Air ground handlers at London Luton Airport have announced they will go on three-day strikes in August and September over a dispute over working conditions.
The Unite Union said more than 80 members will take industrial action on August 30 and September 6 and 13.
Passengers flying with the low-cost airline have been warned of “significant delays” and “disruptions” as hundreds of flights could be delayed.
Wizz Air staff working at ground handler GH London Ground Handling Services Ltd. are employed announced strike action after industrial relations collapsed completely.
The dispute is said to stem from GH London constantly targeting a Unite representative and threatening disciplinary action.
Complaints include the use of video surveillance and audio recording of workers in break rooms without consent, and the company’s failure to comply with its own disciplinary and grievance procedures.
Other factors raised in the dispute include the disproportionate use of disciplinary measures against ethnic minority employees and the failure to pay wages in full and on time.
Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “The behavior of GH London is appalling; Workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace and the company’s behavior falls far short of that standard.”
“Unite always puts its members’ jobs, wages and conditions first and workers at GH London will have the union’s full support.”
Richard Gates, Unite’s regional officer, said: “Thewill greatly upset Wizz’s schedule, but GH London caused this dispute itself. Unite has given the company every opportunity to improve its behavior and it has refused to do so.”
Sun Online Travel has reached out to Wizz Air and London Luton Airport for comment.
The strikes threaten a summer of travel chaos, with passengers likely to face significant disruption.
More strikes are likely to cause travel chaos for British holidaymakers this summer.
Thousands of flights are expected to be affected as air traffic controllers stage walkouts in France and Italy.