Gatwick braces for strike

Passengers are being warned of an impending Gatwick Airport strike which could upend the plans of holidaymakers this month.

Around 300 security and passenger services staff will down tools over six days in July.

They are employees of contractors ICTS and Wilson James which are threatening a walk out from 12 to 14 July and then the following week, 19 to 21 July.

The workers comprise 200 staff members and 100 baggage security screeners.

Unite union general secretary Sharon Graham says it will likely cause ‘significant disruption’.

Graham said: “These workers undertake incredibly demanding roles at one of the UK’s busiest airports, and they are simply seeking a fair day’s pay.”

“Our members at Gatwick have Unite’s total backing in taking airport strike action for a decent pay rise.”

Unite warns more industrial action will follow if no pay deal is agreed.

London Gatwick says it is preparing contingencies and expects a normal flight schedule on these dates.

“We are working with our suppliers to avoid any impacts, and we expect to operate a normal summer holiday flight schedule for our airlines and passengers,” a spokesperson said.

In addition, easyJet’s onboard catering service could be affected as catering service workers at Gatwick are being balloted for strike action over a shift payment dispute.

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