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Gatwick hotel to double in size as they promise continued work with local community



Bloc Hotels has submiteed plans to increase the size of their Gatwick hotel turning it from a 245 room hotel to an impressive 473 rooms.

The huge growth proposal, if approved, will see a large extension added to the side of the current hotel.

The extension will see the hotel increase its footprint over the south terminal of the airport and allow them to offer more accomodation as demand for their unique facilities continues to grow.

Most exciting for the Crawley community is their promise to continue to work closely with local companies and education establiments.

Jemini Tarling, Group Business & Operations Manager for Bloc Hotel said:

“Having been a member of the Gatwick Diamond Business Association since 2014, we understand the importance of working closely with the local community on all levels and actively work with Crawley businesses on a day to day basis.

We currently support numerous local service providers including printers, laundry services and taxi companies among others.

We also collaborate with Crawley College, supporting student learning by facilitating hotel visits for project and work experience.”


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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