A 48 hour strike at Gatwick Airport, which was scheduled to begin on Friday 21 December, has been called off after the company involved, Wilson James, offered a vastly improved pay offer.

Members of Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, employed by logistics giant, Wilson James provide assistance to passengers with disabilities at Gatwick airport. The workers who are paid just £8.27 an hour were seeking a significant pay increase.

Acas talks

Following talks held at the conciliation service Acas last Thursday (December 13), Wilson James made an improved offer, which will result in staff receiving an additional £1 an hour ( see notes to editors for full details) and workers who don’t currently receive sick pay will receive it in the future.

Unite is conducting a postal ballot of its members with a recommendation to accept the pay offer.

Positive talks

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “The talks last week were very positive and as a result the strikes planned for this week have been called off.

“Our members tasked Unite with getting a £1 an hour pay increase and the union has delivered that for 2019.

“The hardworking staff who are dedicated to assisting passengers who require special assistance at Gatwick airport have been undervalued for far too long. This deal begins to address this.

“I would like to thank Matt Penfold from Acas for his assistance in reaching this deal which is good news for our members.”


Notes to editors:

The Wilson James workforce will receive an 8.5 per cent pay increase and an additional ‘top up’ which works out at an additional £1 an hour for everyone from April 2019. The top element is not consolidated.

Workers who assist 670,000 passengers at Gatwick Airport to strike in pay dispute

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.