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Gate Gourmet agreement stalled by ex workers

23 November 2005

Some of Gate Gourmet's ex-staff, who took wildcat strike action in August this year, are stalling the airline caterer's agreement to reinstate staff or pay compensation to its ex-employees.

In response, Gate Gourmet's senior management announced it would be changing the terms of the agreement reached with trade unions TGWU and TUC to get workers back to work more quickly.

Eric Born, Gate Gourmet's managing director, said that to accelerate the process, it will allow employees who want to be re-instated at work to so do without the initial re-engagement and compensation offers being completed by all the former employees.

Some former workers who took part in the wild-cat strikes in August have still not responded to the offers agreed in the compromise agreement.

Born said: "It is disappointing that many of the dismissed workers who instigated and took part in the illegal wildcat strike, by not signing up to the compromise agreement, are delaying the process agreed with the union."

"Gate Gourmet's decision to accelerate the implementation of the agreement means we will not wait for all former employees to sign the compromise agreement before others get their individual cases sorted out. Nor will we allow the refusal by some to deny progress for others," he added.

By Emily Manson

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