Gatwick South Terminal

Unite members secure pay rise to end Gatwick transport chaos fears

Strike action involving bus drivers who ferry passengers to and from aircraft at Gatwick airport has been averted after the company made a vastly improved pay offer.

Unite, the UK’s largest union, had balloted members for strike action employed by Omni-Serv who drive ‘airside’ buses at Gatwick airport, after the company made a 0 per cent pay offer.

The 0 per cent pay offer for 2017 followed three years of pay freezes.

When the workforce returned a 100 per cent yes vote for strike action and Unite’s membership increased from 46 to 71 during the balloting process, the company had a rethink.

Omni-Serv returned to the negotiating table and made a revised offer of a two year pay deal worth 5 per cent plus a £600 lump sum (non-consolidated payment).

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “The unity of our members was critical in getting this dispute resolved.

“Once Omni-Serv realised that our members were not going to back down the company swiftly put an acceptable pay offer in place.

“It is hoped that these negotiations will act as a watershed moment and that a new more progressive relationship can now develop between Unite and Omni Serv.

“This dispute demonstrates the vital importance of being a union member, it was only through trade union organisation that workers were able to secure a much needed and deserved pay increase.”


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