Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people Marsha de Cordova is set to visit striking workers on the picket line at Luton airport today.

Staff responsible for helping disabled passengers are in dispute with employer Clece Care Services.

They were due to start a 48-hour walkout at 5am this morning until early Thursday morning.

The vast majority of staff helping passengers are employed on zero hour contracts, with most on the minimum wage, the Unite union claimed.

The airport also faces a strike by ground service workers between 3am on Friday and 2pm on Sunday – one of the busiest weekends of the year at the start of the school summer holidays.

The staff members of Unite work for Menzies Aviation which provides ground services to easyJet, Vueling, Blue Air, Air Nostrum, Iberia Regional and Tarom.

Luton airport said: “We remain in close contact with the airlines and Menzies Aviation to ensure contingency measures are being put in place in the event that industrial action goes ahead.

“Negotiations between Menzies and Unite to avert industrial action also continue.”