300 Gatwick Airport staff set to strike over summer amid pay row

Gatwick Airport, London, UK, 7 Jul 2023. People queue to check in for flights at Gatwick Airport. Thousands of flights in Europe could be delayed or cancelled this summer as air traffic controllers threaten to strike. (Photo by: Andy Soloman/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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Around 300 Gatwick Airport workers are to walk out over pay. The strikers consist of security screeners and passenger services staff, who earn just above minimum wage, says Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union.

The walkout will be carried out by 100 baggage security screeners employed by ICTS and 200 Wilson James workers who provide special assistance services for vulnerable passengers. They have rejected pay offers from their employers and will strike from July 12 to July 14 and from July 19 to July 21.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “These workers undertake incredibly demanding roles at one of the UK’s busiest airports. They are simply seeking a fair day’s pay.

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Chinese passengers queue to check in for a China Eastern flight to Shanghai from London Gatwick Airport, UK. (Photo by: Andy Soloman/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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“ICTS and Wilson James are wealthy companies and can well afford to put forward acceptable pay offers. Our members at Gatwick have Unite’s total backing in taking strike action for a decent pay rise.”

Unite regional officer Dominic Rothwell said: “The employers in these disputes are responsible for any disruption caused to passengers at Gatwick. These disputes could be easily resolved if reasonable offers are put forward.

“There is still time to avoid industrial action, but that will require these companies to table deals that are acceptable to our members.”

The strikes will cause significant disruption to security screening and passenger services.

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