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Workers who assist passengers with disabilities at Gatwick Airport suspend strikes

Two planned 48-hour strikes by Gatwick Airport workers who assist passengers with disabilities have been suspended Photo: PA

Two planned 48-hour strikes by Gatwick Airport workers who assist passengers with disabilities have been suspended following a revised pay offer.

Members of Unite employed by logistics giant Wilson James were due to walk out on Tuesday and next Monday. The dispute centres on a demand for a £1 an hour pay rise.

Workers will vote in the coming weeks on whether to accept a revised offer.

A third planned 48-hour stoppage from December 21 is set to go ahead if the offer is rejected.

Commenting Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: "The two 48 hour stoppages in November have been suspended while members vote on whether to accept or reject a new pay offer from Wilson James."

The last thing our members want is to cause inconvenience and distress to those passengers who rely on their services during their time at Gatwick.

However, should they reject the new pay offer and no resolution to the dispute is found, then the possibility of a 48 hour strike in December remains live.

– Unite regional officer Jamie Major
Workers will vote in the coming weeks on whether to accept a revised offer. Credit: ITV Meridian

The dispute centres on a demand for a £1 an hour pay rise. Those assisting disabled passengers are paid just £8.27 per hour.

Workers will now vote on whether to accept or reject a revised offer with voting closing on Monday 10 December.

A third planned 48-hour stoppage on 21/23 December is set to go ahead should members reject the offer and the pay dispute remains unresolved.