Gatwick catering staff strike threat lifted

The threat of strike action by airline catering staff at Gatwick this weekend has been lifted.

The Unite union has suspended a walkout planned for April 26-29 which would have affected airlines including EasyJet and Tui Airways.

Catering contractors have been in a pay dispute with employer, the ground handler dnata, with Unite warning of strikes in April and May.

However, the union confirmed on Tuesday that airline catering strikes at Gatwick by members employed by dnata, have been suspended to allow workers to be balloted on a new settlement offer.

A new offer was put forward by dnata following negotiations, resulting in strike action planned from April 26-29 to be suspended .

Unite regional officer Dominic Rothwell said: “Following an improved offer from dnata, Unite has suspended strikes in order to ballot its members on the new offer.”

Details of the timing of the ballot and when the result will be announced were not disclosed. 

EasyJet insisted that it had contingency plans in place should the strikes go ahead.

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