Gatwick Airport strike: Latest news as six days of strikes to affect passenger's flights

Gatwick Airport staff who assist passengers and disabled travellers will stage three 48-hour strikes.

Up to 250 staff members are asking for an additional £1 an hour pay rise.

The three strikes will take place on 20 November, 26 November and 21 December.

They will take place from 5am that day and last for two days each.

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The workers are part of the Unite union and employed by firm Wilson James, with 98 per cent voting for strike action.

They are currently paid £8.27, which they claim is much less than workers who operate luggage trolleys at the airport.

Unite regional officer, Jamie Major, said: “Our members have given us an overwhelming mandate for strike action in their dispute over this massive inequality in pay.

“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 Airport – but they feel they have been forced into a corner by a tight-fisted management who refuse to address the pay inequality issue.

“The current pay of £8.27 an hour for our members is less than the voluntary UK living wage which is currently £8.75 outside London – and the south east is one of the most expensive places to live in the country.”

Gatwick Airport strike: Workers to walk out

Gatwick Airport strike: Three strikes are planned for the Christmas and winter period (Image: Getty)

Gatwick Airport strike: Flights affected

Gatwick Airport strike: Flights could be affected for six days (Image: Getty)

A Gatwick spokesman said in a statement: “We encourage both sides to continue discussions and to work for an outcome to resolve the dispute.

“The welfare of our passengers remains our top priority however and we remain confident that services at the airport will not be disrupted as Wilson James has a range of mitigation measures ready to put into place should strike action take place.”

The strikes come at one of the busiest times of the year as people travel for their Christmas holidays.

Passengers heading abroad for Christmas Eve will also be affected by the walkout between 21 and 23 of December next month.

Travellers should check their travel insurance to see if they are covered in the event that their flight is cancelled.

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Gatwick Airport strike: Workers will leave for six days over three strikes (Image: Getty)

A number of strike actions have plagued British travellers this year as they headed abroad.

A ferry strike in Greece saw thousands stranded on the islands of Mykonos and Crete this summer.

Liverpool Airport workers went on strike as well as Spain airport ground staff during the summer holidays.

The worst strike of the year was for Ryanair who were forced to cancel thousands of flights as cabin crew across Europe walked out.

More than 30,000 passengers were affected in five different countries.

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