Strike action scheduled for this weekend at London Gatwick Airport by ASC workers has now been called off, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by Unite union.
The planned strikes by ASC (Airport Security and Car Parking) workers have been successfully called off, as announced by Unite, the UK’s leading union.
This development comes after ASC workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of a substantial double-digit pay rise.
Additionally, ground handling staff and the lowest-paid employees at Menzies, another important service provider at the airport, have also voted in favour of pay increases.
It will mean a 13 percent increase for ground handling staff and an impressive 17 percent increase for the lowest-paid workers. The deal also includes enhancements to annual leave and sick pay for Menzies employees.
A positive end to disputes
Thanks to the resounding majority in favour of these deals, both the disputes at Menzies and ASC have come to an end, leading to the cancellation of all planned strike actions.
This positive outcome is further reinforced by the recent resolution of another strike at Gatwick Airport, where DHL workers called off their strikes after accepting a competitive 15 percent pay deal.
Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham, attributed these positive results to the unity and strength demonstrated by unionized Menzies and ASC workers at Gatwick. She emphasized that Unite, true to its trade union principles, remains committed to defending and improving jobs, pay, and working conditions for its members.
The impact of unionization
The success achieved by Gatwick workers sends a strong message about the significance of unionization in securing better wages and working conditions.
The recent developments underscore the importance of collective bargaining and the power of workers standing together to achieve their goals.
Dominic Rothwell, the regional officer for Unite, further emphasized the significance of these results, encouraging workers seeking to improve their wages and working lives to join Unite and encourage their colleagues to do the same.
While the disputes at ASC and Menzies have been satisfactorily resolved, there are further developments on the horizon.
Workers at GGS (Gatwick Ground Services) have commenced the process of balloting on an improved pay offer, with an official announcement to follow in due course.