Heathrow strikes postponed by Unite after improved pay offer

Unite workers were due to begin industrial action on June 24 and 25.
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Strikes by more than 2,000 workers at Heathrow this month have been postponed.

The union Unite says an improved pay offer for security staff has been received from Heathrow Airports Ltd (HAL).

Walkouts due to take place on the weekend of June 24-25 have been called off. The action would have involved staff at Terminal Three and Terminal Five, as well as campus security workers, who check all workers and vehicles entering the airport.

Unite said that if the offer is not accepted, the remaining 29 days of strikes will go ahead.

Unite regional coordinating officer Wayne King said: “Following extensive negotiations last week a new offer was put forward by HAL. Members will now be balloted on the latest offer and they will decide whether or not it meets their expectations.”

A Heathrow spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have agreed a pay deal which unions are recommending their members to accept. This a great deal for colleagues, giving them two years of guaranteed above inflation pay rises, alongside further benefits and assurances that they told us they wanted. We encourage them to accept the deal so that everyone can have certainty and the backdated pay increase that so many have been waiting for. While a ballot takes place, the first weekend of strikes has been cancelled.”

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