Passenger assistance workers suspend strike at Gatwick

A strike by 200 workers who provide special assistance to passengers at Gatwick Airport, planned for this weekend, has been postponed following an improved pay offer.

The workers, who are employed by aviation services provider Wilson James at Gatwick, agreed to suspend their planned industrial action on Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14 while they ballot on new offer.

They have also suspended a follow-up strike planned for the following weekend, July 19-21.

However, the workers’ union Unite warned that the industrial action would be re-scheduled if the offer is rejected in the ballot.

Planned strike action by baggage security screeners at Gatwick employed by ICTS on the same dates was also suspended this week due following an improved pay offer.

Unite regional officer Dominic Rothwell said: “Strikes set to take place later this month have been postponed to allow workers to be balloted following an improved offer from Wilson James.”

The union gave no details of the pay offer or the timescale for the ballot.

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