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    August 23

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Union calls off Tuesday’s strike at Heathrow Airport

BBC,

Added 06 August 2019

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LONDON – Strike action at Heathrow on Tuesday has been called off after the airport group and the union Unite reached a deal over pay.

Workers had planned to walk out on both Monday and Tuesday in a row over wages.

Strike action over the two days has now been averted but Heathrow said a walkout on 23 and 24 August is still scheduled to go ahead.

Unite and Heathrow have reached an improved pay offer which will now be presented to its members.

Fearing a strike on Tuesday, some airlines had cancelled flights – Heathrow has advised passengers to check whether those services will now go ahead.

On Sunday evening, when the first day of industrial action was suspended for Monday, a number of airlines chose to reinstate flights.

In total 16 cancelled flights on Monday.

A spokesman for Heathrow said: “We regret that passengers have been inconvenienced by this and urge them to contact their airline for up to date information on the status of their service.”

Some 4 000 workers had threatened to walkout over a pay deal which Heathrow said is worth 7.3 per cent over two-and-a-half years.

Members of Unite will now have the chance to consider and vote on a new pay package.

Unite said that the strikes already announced for 23 August and 24 August “remained on the table until the result of the ballot was known”.

A spokesman for Heathrow said: “Unite will now take an improved offer to its members and we remain hopeful that we can find a resolution and stop this disruptive and unnecessary threat of strike action.” (BBC)

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