Social discontent returns to invest the airport sector. The Unite union announced the latest agitation, on behalf of a thousand baggage handlers and employees of various ground services at Gatwick airport, the second most important in London.
Precarious contracts and staff shortages
8 days of strike were declared between the end of July and August. Workers who denounce precarious contracts and refuse the offers received are determined to strike for 4 days in a row on the weekend between July 28 and August 1, unless negotiations are carried out. And then again between August 4 and 8. The union also complains about persistent staff shortages, after the staff cuts made in the most acute phase of the travel restrictions linked to the Covid pandemic: cuts subsequently compensated only in part, despite the full recovery of activities.
Passengers in crisis at the peak of the season
Inconvenience for passengers, delays and cancellations will be inevitable, even if the actual impact of the protest will have to be verified in practice given the limited number of people involved, 950 employees in total. The carriers expected to be most affected by the strikes will be EasyJet, which has its main hub at Gatwick, British Airways, Ryanair, Tui, Westjet and WizzAir.