Unite wins of the year - Gatwick Airport workers

On the sixth day of Christmas, UniteLive looks back at victories for Gatwick Airport workers, including mobility assistance workers and BA ground handlers

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2022 has been the year of Unite wins – under general secretary Sharon Graham, Unite has had more victories in the workplace than it can count. As part of our special 12 days of Christmas series, UniteLive looks back at a handful of the many wins we’ve had in every month throughout the year.

Today, we reflect on two key wins in June, when over 300 workers at Gatwick airport benefited from a 21 per cent pay increase thanks to Unite. The union likewise secured a 10 per cent increase for BA ground handlers at the airport.

The 300 workers are employed by Wilson James on the mobility contract at Gatwick. They are responsible for assisting passengers with mobility issues through the airport, including helping them on and off planes.

The pay deal was backdated to April 1 and Unite secured agreement for Wilson James to pay for free parking at the airport for all its workers on the contract.

In addition, Unite secured a 10 per cent pay increase for 200 workers employed by British Airways Gatwick Ground Handlers (GGS). The workforce is responsible for the ground handling operations for all British Airways and Vueling aircraft using the airport.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “These deals are a clear signal to other aviation companies. They are an example of what needs to be done to attract and retain workers in aviation.

“This is how Unite responds to the current crisis in aviation – we are forcing pay up and improving working conditions in a sector that for too long has kept wages at rock bottom.”

Unite regional officer Andrew Stanley Ward added, “These victories have been achieved through the hard work and dedication of Unite’s reps at both companies. They are further evidence of this union’s focus on improving the jobs, pay and conditions of our aviation members.”

Stay tuned for more Unite wins tomorrow.

By UniteLive team