News in brief:
Gatwick staff to strike for eight days
As you have probably seen in mainstream media, Gatwick Airport staff will walk out for eight days in a dispute over pay.
950 staff can take part, although it is never clear until the day itself how many will turn up.
The staff work for four different handling companies at Gatwick – ASC, Menzies Aviation, GGS (part of British Airways) and DHL Services. Between them they do pretty much everything at the airport which doesn’t involve retail:
- ground handling
- baggage handling
- ramp agent
- check in agents
Strikes are set for:
- Friday 28th July to Tuesday 1st August
- Friday 4th August to Tuesday 8th August
Three other support companies at Gatwick – DHL Gatwick Direct, Red Handling and Wilson James – are also voting on potential industrial action. These strikes cannot begin before 14th August due to legal notice periods.
The strikes come on top of Gatwick’s Air Traffic Control issues, which have already led to easyJet pre-emptively cancelling 1,700 flights this summer. With only one runway, Gatwick is expected to struggle more than Heathrow with aircraft flows if the planned European Air Traffic Control strikes go ahead.
And a ban on agency workers will exacerbate issues ….
The reason that few of the recent airport strikes have had a major impact is because of the use of agency staff.
The Government reversed the ban on employers hiring agency workers during strike action in July 2022. This was challenged via a judicial review coordinated by the TUC.
The High Court upheld the unions’ judicial review yesterday. It decided that the Government had failed to meet its legislative requirement to consult prior to implementing the ban on agency workers.
Employers will be barred from recruiting agency workers to undermine strike action from Wednesday 10th August. This is too late to impact the Gatwick strikes but will be an issue for future strikes.
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