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Gatwick workers reject pay deal

Over 76% voted against the pay deal.

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Gatwick workers have voted to reject a pay deal offered to them by Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL) management.

In a show of overwhelming support to reject the deal over 76% voted against taking the pay deal.

Ballot papers for strike action were due to be sent out on the 3rd April after talks hosted by the conciliation service Acas, collapsed without agreement.

However Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL) management, resurrected negotiations and made an improved pay offer.

The result of the vote has now been passed onto Gatwick for a response.

A Unite spokesperson said:

“I can confirm that members have rejected Gatwick Airport’s pay offer. The union will now be seeking a meeting with the company’s management and we hope that fresh negotiations will result in an improved pay offer.”

Gatwick were unavailable for comment.

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Whiteboards out at Gatwick as digital screens go down

Passengers huddle around large white boards as staff frantically try to keep them informed.

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Gatwick has had to take to writing flight information on whiteboards as their digital screens went down due to a technical issue.

The issue had occurred with the boards IT provider Vodafone.

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A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport said:

“Due to an ongoing issue with Vodafone, a provider of IT services for Gatwick, flight information is not being displayed correctly on the airports digital screens and is currently being displayed manually in the terminals. 

Gatwick would like to apologise to any passengers affected and expect Vodafone to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

Gatwick added that this is only affecting a small number of flights in and out.

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Vodafone say the problems are down to a ‘damaged fibre cable’.

A spokesperson for Vodafone said:

“We have identified a damaged fibre cable which is used by Gatwick Airport to display flight information.

“Our engineers are working hard to fix the cable as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us and we are very sorry for any problems caused by this issue. We are keeping Gatwick Airport constantly informed of progress.”

There are lots of staff are in the terminal working with passengers keeping them informed and lots of tanoy announcements.

But whilst many stories are reporting suggested chaos, passengers in the terminal are saying the situation is not that bad:

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