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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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org