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Chaos at Three Bridges station as trains unable to stop at Gatwick due to lighting failure



Commuters are being warned to give themselves plenty of extra time this morning as significant disruption is being caused on the rails this morning due to a lighting fault at Gatwick Airport station.

Southern say that services to the station are not stopping and commuters need to access trains from either Three Bridges or Horley.

No buses have been laid on which has meant travellers are having to use local bus services by Metro Bus causing very long delays to those travelling around the town.

Southern Rail estimate that services at Gatwick will be back up and running by 9am.

But images from Three Bridges station show the true extent of the problem with long queues already formed for those looking to use a taxi.


Strike action now possible at Gatwick Airport as union rejects pay offer



An ‘overwhelming rejection’ by members of the UK and Ireland’s largest union Unite over a pay offer from the aiport has now increased the possibility of industrial action.

Negotiations over pay began last autumn when Gatwick Aiport Limited proposed a three year deal which woul see workers receive an increase of 2 per cent plus £250 for the first two years with the workforce receiving the consumer price index (CPI) inflation rate and £250 in the final year.

Unite say that there is an ‘additional insult’ as the offer is conditional on the introduction of a new starter rate which would result in new starters being paid up to £7,000 per annum less than staff undertaking the same role.

Unite say over 2,000 members are employed as staff at the airport and include security staff, firefighters, engineers, terminal operatives and surface transport workers.

80 per cent of members turned out to vote and of them 98 per cent rejected the offer.

It it now down to more negotiations between the parties before a decision will be made on whether preparations will begin for a full industrial action ballot.

Unite regional officer Jamie Major said:

“It is now incumbent on Gatwick Airport to come back with a dramatically improved pay offer which meets the workers’ pay claim.

“The airport is fantastically profitable as a result of the hard work of our members and they believe they should be properly rewarded for their hard work and loyalty.

“To even be suggesting the introduction of new starter rates, far below what workers already receive, demonstrates that the airport’s management is putting profits before people.

“Unite’s members have no desire to cause disruption to the travelling public but they will not allow their pay to be cut in real terms.”

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