London-Gatwick: the start of a suspended ground staff strike

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There ground staff strikewhich was to start yesterday at London-Gatwickwas suspended after several salary offers accepted by the Unite union.

The movement concerns the ground staff of four airport service providers, including ramp, handling and check-in agents. Employees of three of these providers approved “double-digit” increases and called off the strike, according to a union statement. The employees of the fourth provider have yet to decide, but had already agreed to suspend a first series of four days of strike, scheduled between July 28 and August 1. A second walkout, between August 4 and 8, remains relevant for the employees of the latter provider.

During the pandemic, many businesses at Gatwick Airport have carried out large-scale layoffs and cut pay and working conditions for remaining staff“, had denounced the union Unite in mid-July. Wage strikes have multiplied in many sectors in recent months in the United Kingdom in the face of inflation, in airports but also among postal workers, rail workers and caregivers.

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