Eight-day August strike at Gatwick timed to hit Bank Holiday weekend

By Lisa James
09/08/2023
Home » Eight-day August strike at Gatwick timed to hit Bank Holiday weekend

Eight days of strikes have been announced by workers at Gatwick airport later this month, including over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The strikes will involve over 230 workers employed at ground handler Red Handling and passenger assistance contractor Wilson James.

The union Unite claims both companies ‘have failed to make offers that meet the workers’ expectations’.

Red Handling workers will strike from 00:01 on Friday 18 August until 23:59 on Monday 21 August, then again at the same times the following week, from Friday 25 August to Monday 28 August.

The strikes Wilson James staff will begin at 00:01 on Friday 18 August ending at 23:59 on Sunday 20 August and will then take place from 00:01 on Tuesday 22 August, ending on Thursday 24 August at 23:59.

Red Handling is responsible for ground handling for Norse Atlantic, Norwegian, Delta, TAP Air Portugal and Saudi.

During the first four-day strike action at Red Handling, Unite believes that 216 flights could be disrupted or delayed, affecting approximately 45,000 passengers.

A Gatwick spokesperson said: “We are aware of the recent ballot results and encourage staff at Wilson James, Red Handling and their union to reach a resolution.

“We will support Wilson James, who hold the contract for providing assistance to passengers, in their contingency planning.

“We will also support the airlines affected, who hold the contracts with Red Handling, with their contingency plans to ensure that as many flights as possible operate as scheduled.”

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