Brits heading on holiday this summer could see their travel plans disrupted as strikes taking place at London Gatwick airport have been confirmed.
Union Unite is behind the industrial action, in a dispute over pay with company ICTS.
Over 130 ICTS security workers, who work at London Gatwick, are expected to walk out for 48 hours.
The Union says that its members are facing "poverty pay rates" resulting in the move to proceed with industrial action.
The walkouts are expected to take place on Saturday 10th August, kicking off at 6am and lasting for 48 hours.
The security workers' roles involve checking passengers’ luggage for explosive materials and other dangerous and prohibited items.
Despite the industrial action, Gatwick Airport says that it does not expect its flights to be affected.
A spokesperson for the airport told Mirror Online: "We have been reassured by ICTS that the mitigation plans in place mean that flights will not be impacted at Gatwick. In the interests of our passengers, we continue to encourage both sides in this dispute to work towards a resolution."
Full Unite Statement
Unite regional officer Jamie Major said: “ICTS workers have an incredibly responsible security role scanning the luggage of every single passenger on every single aeroplane that flies out of Gatwick Airport.
“It is a very security sensitive job to ensure the safety of the travelling public, yet the majority of these workers are paid less than £9 an hour, which is not enough to live on in the expensive south east of England, with its sky high housing costs.
"Security and safety should be the absolute top priorities and yet these workers feel undervalued, demotivated and fed up of working for an employer that doles out poverty wages.
"It is high time the airport got its priorities right and starts investing in its hardworking staff, instead of paying millions to its shareholders.
"This ballot result is a clarion call to end poverty pay at Gatwick and demonstrates that for this group of workers: ‘Enough is enough’. “
"The strike will mean passengers will inevitably experience delays and a poorer service, but this is now in the hands of ICTS bosses and the management of Gatwick Airport. "The airport’s owners are making millions every year while they are allowing workers on their outsourced contracts to be paid rates below what workers can actually live on.
"It is astonishing that workers, who undertake such crucial safety critical work as scanning luggage, are paid so little for the work they do. “There is now a window of opportunity for the company to come to the table and hold constructive talks with Unite to remedy these dismal rates of pay.”
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