The end of leave also feels like the end of the line for more than 100 people working at Luton Airport as Menzies Aviation seeks to cut its workforce in half.
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Menzies Aviation threatened 176 jobs at Luton Airport, about half of its workforce.
The jobs cover roles such as baggage handling, ramp attendants, bus drivers and customer service positions, union Unite said.
Many at-risk people have been put on leave and received notification of proposed layoffs on Wednesday, September 16, meaning their jobs would end along with government support.
The union added that the workforce is mainly based in Luton and Bedfordshire, seeing the local economy hit hard by job losses in the airport and related industries.
Unite Regional Officer Jeff Hodge said: “This is not just a hammer blow for the affected workers, but for Luton himself, as the level of job losses at the airport has a terrible effect on the local economy.
“The real bad guys are the government that first promised to provide specific support to the aviation industry in March. The promised and much-needed support did not materialize.
“With the end of the holidays fast approaching, the airlines, which have been the sector most affected by the pandemic, are looking over the edge of the cliff and, as a result, job losses are increasing.”
He added: “The aviation industry is viable once Covid-19 is under control, but the industry cannot bounce back if it continues to lose jobs like these.
“At the end of the day, workers shouldn’t be paying with their labor. ”
Unite, the TUC and all aviation unions are calling on the government to offer targeted support to industries still affected by Covid-19.
This includes the protection of aviation jobs, the suspension of air passenger rights and the relief of commercial tariffs for airports in England, as has been put in place for Scotland and Northern Ireland.