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Gatwick strike: Security staff to walk out for two days

Aircraft on runway at Gatwick Image copyright PA
Image caption Security workers are to down tools for 48 hours on 10 August

Security workers at Gatwick Airport are to strike for 48 hours this summer in a dispute over pay.

Employees who scan passengers' luggage will walk out at 6am on 10 August in a move anticipated to "cause travel disruption", Unite said.

The union said most of the 130 workers, employed by ICTS, are paid less than £9 an hour, which it described as "poverty pay".

Gatwick said it had been told by ICTS that "flights will not be impacted".

British Airways pilots are also due to strike in August.

Jamie Major, Unite regional officer, said: "It is high time the airport got its priorities right and starts investing in its hard-working staff, instead of paying millions to its shareholders."

Coby Benson, of compensation law firm Bott and Co, said the strikes would fall "in the midst of peak holiday season in a busy month for air travel in general".

He said passengers will be unlikely to receive compensation if any disruption is caused by the strike.

In contrast to delays caused by pilot strikes, he said airlines were unlikely to pay out for disruption caused by striking airport workers.

ICTS have been contacted for comment.

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