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Spaceman Tim Peake lands at Gatwick Hotel

The famous astronaut attended a fundraising event at the weekend for charity, Aerobility.

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Astronaut Tim Peake pictured here with Wendy Fitton (Head of Sales at Sofitel London Gatwick) and Ana Porcel (Meeting and Events Executive)

A special guest attending a charity fundraiser at Sofitel London Gatwick Hotel left staff a little ‘star’ struck over the weekend.

Astronaut Tim Peake landed at the hotel, based at Gatwick’s north terminal, to take part in Aerobility’s fundraising event, which included lunch prepared by the Sofitel’s team of chefs, followed by a chartered flight to see the Northern Lights.

Head chef David Woods puts the finishing touches to a Planetarium tomato and mozzarella salad, served as a starter at the Aerobility event

Aerobility is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It’s a charity set up to make flying possible for people with a range of disabilities.

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Following a Q and A session, Tim happily signed books before 140 passengers set off on their ‘chance of a lifetime’ British Airways flight to see the Aurora Borealis.

Sofitel head chef David Woods having his book signed by Astronaut Tim Peake

Head of sales at Sofitel London Gatwick, Wendy Fitton said:

“Tim was really down to earth, and it was so great to be able to meet him, and host Aerobility for this amazing event.”

The astronaut wasn’t the only famous face at the Aerobility event. Impressionist and Sky at Night presenter, Jon Culshaw, and Sky at Night and Stargazing Live presenter, Pete Lawrence, were also there.

For more information about Aerobility, click here.

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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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