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Almost all airport strikes in the UK have been cancelled

Agreements reached following new wage offers

Almost all the strikes announced by airport workers in the UK were cancelled after new wage offers. A news that gives rise to a sigh of relief for British vacationers who have faced several problems during their summer air travels. The protest action at Heathrow scheduled for this 5th and 6th of August has been canceled (see AVIONEWS). In July, EasyJet staff in Stansted announced a 17-day strike between July and August but was later canceled after the acceptance of a new economic agreement that resulted in a 13% increase in salary .

Today, on August 7th, Gatwick has also taken a step back from its work suspension maneuver scheduled for 10th and 11th and from 20th to 24th August after reaching a payment agreement. The Gatwick workers are employees of ICTS, a security company that scans passengers' baggage for explosive materials and other unauthorized items. "UNITE" has stated that ICTS has committed itself to becoming an employer with a permanent salary guaranteed and would be among the first companies at Gatwick airport to do so. Jamie Major, regional officer of "UNITE", said: "ICTS commitment is well accepted and 'UNITE' will put pressure on the other companies of the airport to follow the example".

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency