May 20, 2024

Summer airport strike update

Strike action by easyJet baggage handlers at London Gatwick Airport has been suspended.

Nearly 600 DHL workers had planned to walk out from July 28 to August 1 but will now be balloted on a new pay offer.

But their union, Unite, warned that new strikes would be scheduled if its members reject the deal.

Unite Regional Officer Dominic Rothwell said: “As an act of good faith, Unite’s Gatwick DHL members have agreed to suspend their first set of strikes while they are balloted on the new offer.

“Unite urges the remaining employers to return to the negotiating table and put forward an offer our members will accept.”

A spokesman for easyJet said:  “We are pleased to see that the proposed strike action has been called off and a deal has been reached that Unite is putting forward to its members.”

But around 450 ASC, Menzies Aviation and GGS staff, who work for other airlines at Gatwick, including British Airways, are still due to strike from July 28 to August 1 and again on August 4-8.

Meanwhile, workers who transport passengers from car parks at London Luton Airport have announced two days of strikes on July 28 and August 1 after rejecting a pay offer.

They are employed by APCOA Parking UK as bus drivers transporting passengers and staff from car parks to the airport terminal and valet parking staff.

Their union Unite warned the strike would mean delays for passengers and staff who use the car parks and terminal at Luton Airport.

“Disruption could still be avoided if bosses offer workers a pay deal which helps them through the cost of living crisis,” it added.

Meetings are due to take place next week.