Unite suspends Gatwick strikes after “extremely productive” pay talks

Strikes by security workers at Gatwick airport have been suspended after an improved pay offer was made.

The 130 members of Unite, employed by ICTS (UK) to scan passengers’ luggage for explosive materials and other dangerous and prohibited materials, were due to stage a 48 hour strike from 6am on Saturday with a further four-day strike called to begin on August 20.

Yesterday union-news.co.uk reported ICTS (UK) had threatened to sack workers who took strike action.

Following “extremely productive” pay talks held yesterday, a dramatically improved pay offer has been made. The workers will now be balloted on the improved offer with a recommendation to accept.

As part of the pay talks ICTS (UK) has made a commitment to become a fully accredited real living wage employer, the first company at Gatwick airport to make this breakthrough.

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “Yesterday’s pay talks were extremely productive and the new pay offer will be balloted on by members.

“The commitment by ICTS to become a real living wage employer is welcome and Unite will be applying pressure to other Gatwick employers to follow suit.

“Following this pay offer it is hoped that there will be more harmonious industrial relations with ICTS moving forward.”

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