Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured a 10 per cent pay increase for over 300 ground handlers employed by Menzies Aviation at Gatwick Airport.

The pay deal, which has been overwhelmingly accepted by the workers, follows a similar pay increase secured by Unite for DHL ground handlers at the airport. 

Similar deals

Unite has also recently secured comparable increases for ground handlers employed by dnata and Swissport at Gatwick.

In addition to the 10 per cent pay increase, Unite has secured a commitment from Menzies to undertake national negotiations concerning the potential introduction of a contractual sick pay scheme.

Welcome pay increase

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a welcome pay increase for our members at Menzies and builds on the good work by Unite’s reps across Gatwick Airport to challenge low pay.

“Unite has consistently warned aviation employers that unless they address the sector’s poor pay and conditions, they will struggle to recruit and retain the workers they need.  This Menzies deal should signal to other aviation employers that improving pay and conditions is the way forward.”

Reps hard work

Unite regional officer Andrew Stanley-Ward said: “Due to the hard work of our reps at Menzies, our members were able to accept a deal that will raise pay and assist the business in an extremely competitive jobs market.

“Low pay and poor conditions are resulting in substantial jobs shortages throughout Gatwick Airport. Unite will use this deal as a further building block to ensure that all workers at the airport receive a fair day’s pay.”


For media enquiries ONLY please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or 0203 371 2067.

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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.