Union threatens to leave easyJet and TUI flights without food or drink

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By Linsey McNeill
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Caterers providing food and drink to a number of airlines including easyJet and TUI flights from London’s Gatwick airport are planning a series of strikes later this month.

Union Unite said the planned walkouts are due to a pay dispute with the Emirates Group-owned Dnata in-flight catering company.

It said Dnata’s removal of a shift allowance last April has led to staff receiving £1,500 to £2,000 less pay.

Dnata claims Unite agreed to the removal of the allowance as part of a deal that saw the introduction of a night shift premium.

Around 100 workers, including HGV drivers and warehouse staff, will strike from Friday 26 April to Monday 29 April, from Friday 3 May to Monday 6 May, and again from Friday 10 May to Monday 13 May. 

Strike action will intensify if the dispute is not resolved, said Unite.

A dnata Catering UK spokesperson said: “We are surprised and disappointed by the premature statement issued by trade union Unite regarding a proposed industrial action at London Gatwick airport, stemming from a single point of disagreement where consensus has yet to be reached.

“We remain committed and open to constructive dialogue and are confident that this matter will be resolved. In the meantime, we are keeping our valued customers informed throughout this process.”

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