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‘Extreme weather’ brings further disruption to Gatwick Airport

Scheduled flights to and from Dublin and Edinburgh are amongst those impacted by adverse weather across the UK.

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Gatwick Airport has warned members of the public that there could be further cancellations and delays to flights today as parts of the UK continue the battle with extreme weather conditions.

Posting on Gatwick Airport’s website as well as social media sites, the alert advised those with flights to allow ‘plenty of extra time’ for journeys:

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“Due to continuing extreme weather across the UK and Europe, there are some cancellations and delays to flights today. Please check the status of your flight with your airline before leaving for Gatwick and do not travel to the airport if it is cancelled. If flying, please allow plenty of extra time for your journey.”

Some Airlines with flights scheduled to and from Gatwick have kept their passengers updated via Twitter:

The weather at Dublin Airport last night showed the dangerous conditions that are clearly unsuitable for flying:

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Pay ‘takes-off’ for baggage & ground staff at Gatwick

Good news for easyJet ground staff and baggage handlers at Gatwick.

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Almost a thousand easyJet ground staff and baggage handlers at Gatwick airport employed by DHL have negotiated a pay boost worth on average 7.5% over two years.

The workers will also get a bonus worth over £500 a year and an increase in overtime payments, including double time for working on bank holidays. And in a further boost to workers’ terms and conditions the company’s sick pay policy has also been markedly improved.

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The deal means that a typical worker would be in line for an increase of over £2000 in the first year of the deal including the bonus.

Unite regional officer, Jamie Major said:

“Baggage handlers and ground staff employed by DHL have negotiated a significant boost in pay well above the rate of inflation. During the pay talks Unite and DHL worked constructively to develop a transparent pay strategy which is fair and gives workers the opportunity to progress.

“Unite’s organising strategy has meant that hundreds of new members joined the union which in turn gave Unite more influence during negotiations. This above inflation pay deal once again shows that when pay is falling flat across the economy it pays to be in a union.”

Unite has launched a powerful online tool to help workers secure a fair share of company profits. Unite’s new online tool will mean that in just a few minutes, union reps can generate a professional pay claim. Almost 4000 Unite representatives have already used the Pay Claim Generator.

At the click of a mouse the tool allows union reps to gather the latest up-to-date information from Companies House, the Office for National Statistics and the union’s own database containing the details of tens of thousands of pay deals.

The Pay Claim Generator was designed as part of Unite’s industrial strategy entitled Work, Voice, Pay which is about empowering union members by giving them the tools and support in the workplace to help them win at work.

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